iPhone XS Max Should I expect battery health to drop below 80% after 2 years?

redryder

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I was wondering if I should purchase applecare + for my new XS Max. It's quite pricy, and I was thinking if I could at least get a set of free batteries before the 2 years are up.

The applecare+ policy states that battery health below 80% is required to qualify for an exchange. Is that going to happen realistically?
 

Shirasaki

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I got my iPhone 6s Plus (which now is dead :( ) battery exchanged right before my AppleCare was over. I just told Apple Store staff that I noticed some pretty steep battery drop recently and wanted to get battery replaced to make sure it was not battery’s problem. Granted, this happens in Sydney, which could be different for other cities and countries.
 

jetsam

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The applecare+ policy states that battery health below 80% is required to qualify for an exchange. Is that going to happen realistically?
The battery in my iPhone 7 Plus, purchased September 2016, is currently rated at 91% on the iPhone, and at 94% in iMazing (451 charge cycles). I charge every night on my nightstand, and the phone is typically at 30-40% charge when I plug it in.

I'm hoping to make it to September 2020 for the 5G iPhones.
 

pika2000

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I was wondering if I should purchase applecare + for my new XS Max. It's quite pricy, and I was thinking if I could at least get a set of free batteries before the 2 years are up.

The applecare+ policy states that battery health below 80% is required to qualify for an exchange. Is that going to happen realistically?
Temperature plays a lot of factor in battery longevity, which can be challenging in winter climates.
Get Applecare for its total protection. Getting it just to expect you can get a battery replacement can leave you disappointed if your phone happens to stick above 80% within that years. So buy Applecare for what it is, not for one single specific purpose.
 

akash.nu

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Funny, I don’t run down my battery down below 20%, and also I don’t keep the phone plugged in all nights to charger, and yet my iPhone XS (Black Friday purchased) is already down to 93%!
It’s all down to the usage at the end of the day. I got my Xs Max on the day of release and still at 100%.

 

now i see it

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A smartphone battery can get thrashed in less than a year. It all depends on how it's taken care of.
 

joeblow7777

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I've never taken any special measures to prolong the life span of a battery. I (or family members I've handed them off to) have owned iPhones for 3-4 years without needing to replace the battery.

I think that for most people 2 years of useful battery life is a conservative estimate. And if you do need to replace your battery after some years, it's not that expensive.
 

Killbynumbers

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I bought my XS Max on October 29th and the capacity is still at 100%. I only charge the battery when it gets down to 5% or lower and then all the way up to 100%. I've been doing that for every iPhone since the original and have never replaced a battery.
 

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pika2000

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A smartphone battery can get thrashed in less than a year. It all depends on how it's taken care of.
Especially if the battery is small, meaning every charge can take up the cycle more often.
My 6S battery was just replaced less than a year ago, and it is already at 95% health with normal use.
 

tonybarnaby

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I bought my XS Max on October 29th and the capacity is still at 100%. I only charge the battery when it gets down to 5% or lower and then all the way up to 100%. I've been doing that for every iPhone since the original and have never replaced a battery.
You’ve been lucky. There are MANY rules with batteries, but the biggest ones are to avoid heat and keep it above 20% whenever possible.
 

Killbynumbers

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You’ve been lucky. There are MANY rules with batteries, but the biggest ones are to avoid heat and keep it above 20% whenever possible.
It's not lucky when I've had the same experience with every phone I've touched. I have three XS Max that I bought between October and December. All three are still at 100% capacity. I charge them only when they get to 5% or even lower. My daily Max has even ran out of power a few times over the months. I charge them with an 18 watt iPad charger which makes thephones get warm. It's clearly not harming my batteries.

My experience doing this has never shown any I'll effects to the batteries so I laugh when I hear people say to keep away from heat and never let the battery fall below 20%, I do it every time, even on my Android phones.
 
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tonybarnaby

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It's not lucky when I've had the same experience with every phone I've touched. I have three XS Max that I bought between October and December. All three are still at 100% capacity. I charge them only when they get to 5% or even lower. My daily Max has even ran out of power a few times over the months. I charge them with an 18 watt iPad charger which makes thephones get warm. It's clearly not harming my batteries.

My experience doing this has never shown any I'll effects to the batteries so I laugh when I hear people say to keep away from heat and never let the battery fall below 20%, I do it every time, even on my Android phones.
You have 3 phones you use on a daily basis? If so, your cycle count is surely very low.
 

Killbynumbers

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You have 3 phones you use on a daily basis? If so, your cycle count is surely very low.
One is just used for music and BT calls in my car. I leave it in there while I am on my job connected to the USB port so it always stays charged. It's battery capacity is at 100%. Haven't checked the cycle count since buying it in December. Since it's always plugged in, in the car, I'm sure the cycle count isn't even 50 yet.

I used second XS Max in my pocket for calls when I step out of the car. I can't have this one on BT since walking far enough from my on my job would disconnect the BT so this is my work around. This one has my phone number people kmow,. The third phone has a number that I mistakenly gave out to a few people so I can't cancel it and I use it in a third Max. That one is at 115 cycles with 100% battery health, also bought in December.
 

bushman4

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depends on how you use your phone and for how many hours each day
If you intend to keep it replace the battery
 

Hi Tek

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Purchased mid-October 2018. As of now Battery Health is 100% - The iPhone has died only once. Other than that, I don't even let her hit 25% (VERY RARE... Probably 1-2x that has happend)
 

Pipinou83

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As some of you I take care of the battery. No charge at night and usually plug it when it goes down to 40-50 up to 80-90%.
I reached the 200 cycles 2 weeks ago it was still at 100%. A few days after I dropped to 99%. I knew it would happen sooner or later of course. And this morning my XR suddenly turned off (the battery was at 50%). During several hours it got very hot...and it was impossible to turn it on again. I thought it was dead.

And in the afternoon, I tried it once again and it worked seamlessly this time. But, wow, it dropped to 98%. Thus 2 % lost in 10 days.

According to Coconut it still stands at 100%.

Who to believe ? Hahahaha