Oct 23, 2020

iPhone 12 Pro Max Battery Is Smaller Than the iPhone 11 Pro Max!

The latest development of the iPhone 12 Pro Max's battery capacity off a newly-uncovered regulatory filing might not sit well with power-hungry iPhone users.

Apart from RAM, Apple is notorious for leaving out the battery capacity relative to its newest iPhone iterations during its launch. Case in point is the new iPhone 12 Pro Max, whose battery life, alongside its sibling variants - the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro - is still a mystery.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Well, not until this week when the truth behind the largest iteration from the iPhone 12 series' battery details finally surfaced in the wild.

A filing with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) has revealed that the iPhone 12 Pro Max has a battery capacity of 3,687mAh.

It should be noted that the said battery capacity also matches listings that were discovered on hardware certification platforms in July 2020.

Additionally, the TENAA listing shared that the iPhone 12 Pro Max features 6GB of RAM. This also mirrors the information uncovered in PLIST files, which were included with Apple's Xcode 12.1 beta last week.

This is quite interesting, considering that its predecessor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, has a larger 3,969mAh cell. It should be noted that the said battery capacity matches listings that were discovered on hardware certification platforms.

Meanwhile, the battery capacities for the rest of the iPhone 12 series' smartphones were also revealed. The listings, this time around, come from Vodafone Netherlands.

Left: iPhone 12 - Right: iPhone 12 Pro

Accordingly, the vanilla iPhone 12 and 12 Pro feature 2,775mAh cells. In contrast, the iPhone 11 launched with a larger 3,110mAh battery. The same can be said with the iPhone 11 Pro, which arrived in 2019 with a 3,046mAh battery.

The iPhone 12 mini, on the other hand, has the smallest battery in the bunch. This is to be expected, given its more compact size. The said iPhone only has a 2,227mAh battery. Nevertheless, the "mini's" battery offering is juicier than the new iPhone SE (2020), which has 1,821mAh cells.

While all of these details might be off-putting numerically, Apple was noted to have claimed recently that their newest iPhone 12s have similar battery life with last year's iPhones.

Elsewhere, early reviews of the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro indicated that they couldn't last longer than the iPhone 11 Pro.

Either way, Apple has a lot of explaining to do, mostly if the iPhone 12 mini and 12 Pro Max turn out to be the same in terms of battery performance as soon as they get in the hands of tech reviewers online.

Spec Comparison

Model Apple iPhone 12 mini Apple iPhone 12 mini Apple iPhone SE (2020) Apple iPhone SE (2020) Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 12 Apple iPhone 11 Apple iPhone 11 Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Apple iPhone 11 Pro Apple iPhone 11 Pro Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
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Lowest Price P40,914.99 P22,000 P43,597.64 P30,780 Used P48,640 P22,000 P65,684.99 P42,265.36
CPU Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Hexa-core
Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+)
Hexa-core
Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Hexa-core
A13 Bionic chip Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Hexa-core
A13 Bionic Apple A14 Bionic (5 nm)
Hexa-core
A13 Bionic
Display Size 5.4 inches 4.7 inches 6.1 inches 6.1 inches 6.1 inches 5.8 inches 6.7 inches 6.5 inches
RAM - - - 4GB - 4GB - 4GB
Main Camera 12MP + 12MP 12MP 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth) 12MP + 12MP + 12MP 12MP + 12MP + 12MP + TOF 3D LiDAR scanner (depth) 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Battery Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi fast wireless charging 15W
Stand-by: Up to 15 h (multimedia)
Music play: Up to 50 h
1,821mAh
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
Qi wireless charging
Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi fast wireless charging 15W
Stand-by: Up to 17 h (multimedia)
Music play: Up to 65 h
Non-removable Li-Ion 3110mAh
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers10)
Charging via USB to a computer system or power adapter

Lasts up to 1 hour longer than iPhone XR
Video playback: Up to 17 hours
Video playback (streamed): Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 65 hours
Fast‑charge capable: Up to 50% charge in 30 minutes9 with 18W adapter or higher (sold separately)
Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi fast wireless charging 15W
Stand-by: Up to 17 h (multimedia)
Music play: Up to 65 h
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)
Up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes with 18W adapter or higher

Video playback:
Up to 18 hours

Video playback (streamed):
Up to 11 hours

Audio playback:
Up to 65 hours

18W adapter
Li-Ion, non-removable
Fast charging 18W, 50% in 30 min (advertised)
USB Power Delivery 2.0
Qi fast wireless charging 15W
Stand-by: Up to 20 h (multimedia)
Music play: Up to 80 h
Non-removable Li-Ion 3969 mAh
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)
Up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes with 18W adapter or higher

Video playback:
Up to 18 hours

Video playback (streamed):
Up to 11 hours

Audio playback:
Up to 65 hours

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