Why is the battery life on the iPhone 6s so good?

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  1. vertsix, Feb 13, 2016
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    vertsix macrumors 65816

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    I don't understand. What evil dark magic did Apple do to the battery or to iOS 9 to deliver such excellent battery life?

    I was already extremely impressed with the results on my iPhone 5s after updating, but now the difference is so much more apparent on the 6s.

    At this point I'm on my way to getting the same battery life as my Galaxy Tab S, which has a 5x bigger battery (although a much better display too).

    EDIT: I couldn't, but it was very close.

    Still impressive.

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    Stats: TSMC iPhone 6s, iOS 9.3 PB3, set up as new, Background App Refresh turned off, no fetching whatsoever, 30-50% brightness, most apps closed, mostly using texting apps and SoundCloud (little social media).
     
  2. Radon87000 macrumors 601

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    Dont know about the 6S but my iPhone 6 has below aevrage battery life.Doesnt last more than 7 hours
     
  3. cynics macrumors G3

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    My 6S has better battery life any iPhone I've ever owned. This is the first iPhone I've been satisfied with battery and not massively disappointed.
     
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  5. vertsix thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh no! No more than 7 hours of use!
    --- Post Merged, Feb 13, 2016 ---
    And that's not decent?
     
  6. bushido Suspended

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    .... no? i am charging at least twice a day and always have my battery packs, yes plural, with me
     
  7. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    I take it you don't sleep ...
     
  8. dmnc macrumors 6502

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    You use your phone 14 hours a day?
     
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    Absolutely I do.

    It's a smartphone that I take full advantage of. Phone calls, texting, email, Web research, camera, and that's without streaming. I'm up and active 16 hours a day and that's when I use my phone. A very busy person between work and personal, plus being very mobile I rely on my iPhone 6 Plus. Carry an Anker battery the phone requires two charges, sometimes three.

    My iPhone as compared to the Nexus models 5, 6 and 6P that I've used over the last three years reveals iPhone Battery life about average.

    Nothing special.
     
  10. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    I wish I could say the same about my 5c. I get about 1 hour 45 minutes of usage out of it.
    A bigger battery is the big draw of the plus for me, but the extra price scares me away. The price should be a lot cheaper than it is, since it costs less to make than the 6.
     
  11. Radon87000 macrumors 601

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    If I have to charge my phone twice in a day that's not very good battery life in my book
     
  12. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    You're basically using it as a dumbphone by turning stuff off and you're surprised?
    Btw background app refresh doesn't really work on most third party apps so it doesn't really drain too much power to begin with!
     
  13. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

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    I don't have personal experience with the 6S, but I do with the 6 and 6 plus. The battery life on the 6 was rather mediocre, however the 6 plus was outstanding.
    Anyway, good for you, though, if you're getting great battery life with your 6S!
     
  14. Michael Goff macrumors G3

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    What? Where are you getting these prices for costs to make?
     
  15. BentTable123 macrumors member

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    You do realize the 6S is a huge phone with a huge battery? Samsung galaxy phones are huge too, they get days of battery life as well.
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    I'm assuming that's using the phone over the period of 16 hours, not actual use of 14 hours, as that would mean being in the phone for 14 out of 16 hours of the day, which basically doesn't leave much time for even the basic necessities like eating and going to the restroom let alone getting around or doing much of anything else outside of being on the phone.
     
  17. alphonseM, Feb 14, 2016
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    Well, it is basically the same as what I got out of my iPhone 3Gs years ago, so I couldn't call it "stellar" or an "improvement". I would be excited once we have pushed into the 12h+ - don't think I'm gonna upgrade my iPhone until we do.
     
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    well i dont let it run down all the way to 0 cuz i want to make sure its at 100% when i leave the house again so i charge it around 30ish. Oh and then i charge it before bed of course so it could be 3 times in total

    the battery sucks esp. when i take lots of photos or filming. when i was travelling and filmed a lot i could watch the percentages droo by the minute. i basically had it on my battery pack all the way down the 17-Miles Drive

    i also do use my iPhone a lot. since i graduated and dont have to write papers anymore i barely touch my Mac anymore and my iPad is basically used for Hulu
     
  19. Radon87000 macrumors 601

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    lol there is so much wrong with this post.Except for the iPhone 6s Plus and 6 Plus,all Samsung Galaxy and iphone 6/s cant even go through a day without charging
     
  20. cynics macrumors G3

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    Battery sizes for comparison...

    iPhone 5S - 1560 mAh

    iPhone 6S - 1715 mAh

    Samsung S6 - 2550 mAh

    iPhone 6S+ - 2750 mAh

    Samsung Note 5 - 3020 mAh

    I wouldn't consider the iPhone 6/6S batteries "huge". Its actually relatively small vs its direct competition the Samsung S6...
     
  21. zhenya macrumors 603

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    That's unusually heavy use, and I would expect all phones with approximately the same battery to screen size ratios to get about the same life under such a work-load as they are all using the same screen technology, the same batteries, and CPU/GPU's that are all similar in their power requirements under active use.

    Where Apple absolutely kills everyone else is on more typical phone use where their significantly lower idle drain means the phones can go days without needing a charge.
     
  22. scapegoat81 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree but since I've updated to 9.2.1, battery life has been pretty bad. Can't wait until 9.3 is released. Does anyone have a guesstimate when it'll be out ?
     
  23. stusgt67 macrumors regular

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    My guess will be the 22nd of March, a week after the Keynote.
     
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    You're guessing...an iPhone is HUGE compared to the Galaxy:

    158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm iPhone 6S Plus
    143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm Galaxy S6
     
  25. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    iOS doesn't really keep apps active in the background especially third party apps so there is nothing draining the battery.
    There have been many times where I get notifications about FB, Flickr, Twitter, and etc via email but no badges or notifications from the app itself even with background app refresh enabled!
     

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