‘iPhone 12’ models could have lower-capacity batteries

The new iPhone 12 models could hold less charge than the previous generation of smartphones after the certifications for lower-capacity batteries were spotted on MySmartPrice on Monday.

Batteries with three different model numbers, A2466, A2431 and A2471, were listed on several sites, including China’s 3C and Safety Korea.

The first, A2466, is believed to be the 3,687mAh battery that will feature in the larger 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max, which is a lower capacity than the 3,969mAh battery in the current iPhone 11 Pro Max.

MySmartPrice claims that the 6.1-inch iPhone 12 Pro will have a 2,775mAh battery, again down from the 3,046mAh battery in the iPhone 11 Pro.

Meanwhile, the new, smaller 5.4-inch iPhone 12 is expected to house a 2,227mAh battery.

Apple has made better battery life a priority during the last two years, and it touted the iPhone 11 Pro Max as the best iPhone ever with a charge that lasts around five hours more than the previous generation.

Reviews for the unit backed up this claim, revealing that it can go for almost 12 hours doing tasks such as web browsing.

After a recent bump in battery performance, iPhone customers may be a bit disappointed that the certifications point to lower values this time around.

However, the mAh numbers are not a clear indicator of performance, and Apple may have increased efficiency through its software to deliver similar gains to the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 is likely to be a more battery-intensive device, with rumours suggesting that it could have a high refresh rate display, 5G mobile tech, and an updated triple-lens rear camera system.

There are now just two months to go until Apple is likely to reveal its plans for this year’s iPhone, which is expected to go on sale in Q3 2020.

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