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The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature physically larger batteries, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, likely to compensate for the increased power consumption of an always-on display.


In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman says he expects the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to feature larger batteries and the devices will, as a result, appear "slightly larger overall." While longer battery life is always a top wish for customers, the inclusion of a larger battery on this year's high-end iPhones is likely a direct result of the inclusion of an always-on display.

Like the Apple Watch Series 5 and later, the upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models are widely expected to feature an always-on display that will always showcase essential information and visual elements from the redesigned iOS 16 lock screen. The always-on display will display information such as the time, date, and widgets and include tinted and darkened versions of some wallpapers customized by the user, MacRumors reported this week.

Concept based on alleged leaked information on the iPhone 14 Pro's always-on display

Apple will be able to offer an always-on display on the upcoming iPhones thanks to new OLED display technology that features a lower refresh rate. While the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max support a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz, the 2021 iPhones can only go as low as 10Hz.

On the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the OLED panels are expected to go as low as 1Hz, saving battery life when static information is always on display. Due to the newer OLED display, the always-on display functionality is expected to remain an iPhone 14 Pro exclusive and not extend to the iPhone 13 Pro models through a potential software update, as some may have hoped.

In addition to the energy savings provided by the lower refresh rate, the larger batteries on the iPhone 14 Pro will likely compensate for any potential loss of battery life for users when using the always-on display feature. These two changes come alongside power efficiency improvements in the upcoming A16 Bionic chip expected to power the new "Pro" iPhones.

Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone 14 lineup during an event on Wednesday, September 7. The lineup will include a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The new lineup will mark the end of the road for the 5.4-inch "mini" form factor, first introduced with the iPhone 12 series and improved upon with the iPhone 13 last year.

Apple is also expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 8, an updated Apple Watch SE with faster performance, and an all-new rugged Apple Watch "Pro." The second-generation AirPods Pro are also expected to be announced during the event, according to Gurman. For a full rundown of everything we expect from Apple next week, see our guide.

Article Link: iPhone 14 Pro Expected to Feature Larger Battery Alongside Always-On Display
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Sep 11, 2014
So it will be even heavier? It’s already a brick!
Yeah but at this point what’s another few grams? Sigh. It is what it is.

My S22 Ultra (and previous Samsungs) do lose about 1% per hour to AOD (I assume it’s to AOD because nothing else is going on). And I haven’t been getting stellar battery life out of it to start with, because of how things are with my cellular service out here. And then if I happen to drive into a good 5G zone…whoosh goes the battery.

With pained aging hands, I welcome the brick.


macrumors 65816
Feb 10, 2021
Larger battery yay, AOD, nay nay. I never use it on my AW7.
I think the “happy medium” is to allow users that don’t need the new features to not have them but allow those that want the new features to have them activated like BMW’s heated seat subscription! Maybe 30 dollars a year for always on. 59 bucks a year for full 48mp use on the camera app or cripple it back to 12mp otherwise. I think I should courier another letter to Tim saying people want this!

Problem solved - I’m such a genius! 🤣


macrumors 6502a
Sep 30, 2021
I hope they can say it’s the largest battery ever in an iPhone again. Wasn’t there an actual battery capacity DECREASE from the 12 last year?
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