This is the iPhone 6 Plus of iPads...that battery!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MH01, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. MH01 macrumors G4

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    While I am not the target audience for the iPad pro, lacking a creative bone, and ad hoc user of the pencil, I love the device.

    It feels like my iPhone 6 Plus experience. At first it was ackward to use due to the large size , and now the iPad Air 2 feels small and I hardly use it.

    Though a major selling point for me, like the iPhone 6 Plus, battery life!

    So down to 2%, 14 hours 55 minutes usage and 113 hours 33 min standby

    My iPad Air 2 gets me about 9 hours usage from a full charge.

    Awesome
     
  2. HumpYourWayUp macrumors regular

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  4. MH01 thread starter macrumors G4

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    I have the brightness set to auto.

    I used it just like the air this week, mostly safari.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Due to the size of the Pro I am not surprised that the battery last so long.
     
  6. Marshall73 macrumors 6502a

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    I was thinking the iPad Pro battery life was not as good as my Air 2 until I looked at the usage times, seems I have just been using it way more :oops:
     
  7. MH01 thread starter macrumors G4

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    Initially I was expecting about 10 hours. Very impressed.
     
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    My iPad 4 lasts about the same, I have it from 2013, and it has always, in every single charge, exceeded the 10 hours that Apple says. It goes between 14-21 hours, depending on the usage, constantly. (Normally 16-18)
     
  9. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    I got 16 hours on my first 100% charge 128gb wifi only.. Left autobrightness on.. Lots of web browsing, lots of high 3d gaming (Vain Glory).. lots of pencil use (drawing and note taking).. Yes the Pro is very underrated on battery life.. If you can manage to not use high brightness, it's a marathon iPad.
     
  10. iPhone1 macrumors 65816

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    I noticed a big hit with battery life once I paired my Apple Pencil. Had Bluetooth off before that and I was getting 16+ hours even with moderate YouTube/Netflix use. Took a dive once Apple Pencil was paired.
     
  11. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    I disable BT when i'm not needing it.. it is however annoying that you have to plug the pencil back in to repair each time though.
     
  12. drewfus macrumors 6502

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    Last weekend, I used my (very newly opened) Pro as a replacement for a binder full of music as I was directing a festival, so it was on (with auto-off set to "never") from about 8 am - 4 pm, using ForScore (which is a sheet music-specific app). I still had about 20% battery left. I have to say that I was pretty impressed!
     
  13. MH01 thread starter macrumors G4

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    Just an an update. I decided to turn off auto brightness, cause I found the screen too dark a lot of the times.

    I set the brightness to 50% and saw a 1/3 drop in battery to under 10 hours. This was just surfing the web via safari.

    I'm doing exactly the same with my iPad Air 2. Right now it's over 6 hours battery with 30% battery remaining.

    Looks like the iPad pro may not have a battery advantage, seems like the auto brightness is very conservative, I have to admit it's too low for my viewing pleasure. Maybe there is a sweet spot between 30-40%
     
  14. profets macrumors 68040

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    I've always experienced excellent battery life with iPads. Always more than the quoted 10 hours.

    Most of the time with the Air I would reach 20 hours usage and 1 week of standby.
     
  15. MH01 thread starter macrumors G4

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    Wow. What brightness is that?
     
  16. gerbrian macrumors member

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    Actually I am disappointed by the iPad pros battery. It lasts less than my Air 2 did before. Not sure why, it never gets hot or anything, the battery percentages are just dropping very quickly. i estimate about 8-9 hours of wifi browsing with low brightness. Not sure if I should try a fresh restore or so.
     
  17. moxxham macrumors 6502

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    I'm also getting kind of disappointing battery life. Brightness is usually about half way, and the percentage just seems to drop very quickly. Bluetooth, background refresh and push mail are all turned off
     
  18. gerbrian macrumors member

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    I am waiting for 9.2 final and will do a dfu reset and clean install.
     
  19. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    I'm on the latest 9.2 beta and am having pretty good battery life. Brightness is always low for me, my BT on. Mixed usage, including Apple Pencil scrawling (with the emphasis on scrawl).

    Just plugged it in about 20 mins ago. :D
     

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  20. VesselA macrumors regular

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    I wonder how long the battery would last if you only used it for art and drawing.

    I always felt the standard iPad screen size slightly restrictive as a canvas, also I imagine the pro is much better for magazines, papers and comics - although getting apps optimised may be an issue - I have a 6+ and although major apps like youtube have updated for compatibility they haven't put any time into additional features to take advantage of the horizontal orientation like the mail app. In fact I don't think i have an app outside of apples original showings which has bothered adding unique additional features for the horizontal 6+ display. Hopefully some more pro apps, like music production tools will take advantage of the iPad pro's extra space properly.
     
  21. profets macrumors 68040

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    I leave brightness set to auto.

    Maybe I don't so many heavy tasks (just a lot of casual use), but I've always seen long battery life.
     
  22. CE3 macrumors 6502a

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    That seems to be my Air 2's sweet spot, and that's plenty bright for me most of the time. Initially I got around 8-9 hours.. a couple hours under what the 1st generation Air gave me.. but around 8.3/8.4 battery life got much better. Today I get a solid 10-12+ hours of web browsing and video streaming.
     
  23. Mystro macrumors 6502

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    Yup, the iPad Pro has THE best battery life of any iPad before it. I tested it and compared myself . No other tablet, Android or Apple comes close. The iPad 3 is the next best battery life in my tests.

    I can easily get 12-14 hours of battery life with the screen at 50% and location services on. The screen is so big and bright, I never need it any brighter, even in a well lit room.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. Lobwedgephil macrumors 68030

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    I am also getting 12-14 hours, loving the battery life.
     
  25. MH01 thread starter macrumors G4

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    I just got over 8 hours out of my iPad air 2 on 50% and that was also just using mail and safari.

    I'll try both devices at around 35% brightness and see how they go, also will change from the 5G wifi to see impact on battery

    So to summarise, my iPad pro got an extra 1.5 hours or so with both devices set to 50%. It was a rough test as the iPad Air spent bit more time on standby as the iPad pro hit the charger first as I preferred to use it :)
     

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