About a month ago, I made a big change with my iPhone. After using the behemoth iPhone 14 Pro Max since it launched in October, I stuffed it in my office drawer and switched to the much smaller and more manageable iPhone 14 Pro. Why, you might ask? I already wrote a separate article talking all about it, but it really boiled down to one big issue with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. More specifically, it was too damn big.
After being fed up with its size and weight, I replaced it with the regular iPhone 14 Pro — and it’s a change I’ve been thrilled with. I’m now carrying an iPhone that’s possible to use one-handed, slips into a pocket or bag with ease, and doesn’t weigh me down throughout the day. But as much as I appreciate the more compact size, going to the smaller iPhone has come with a nagging consequence that’s introduced a new annoyance into my day. And it’s driving me crazy.
Before going from the
The smaller display? I don’t mind it. Sure, Marvel Snap doesn’t look quite as expansive, and March Madness games are a bit more cramped, but it’s far from a deal-breaker. There’s still plenty of room to see what I need to see, and I’m no longer struggling to comfortably hold my phone.
But what has been unexpectedly painful is the battery life. Or, should I say, the lack thereof.
Battery life on my
Am I using my phone a lot throughout the day? Sure, but not to an outrageous extent. I’ll play a downloaded video while running on the treadmill in the morning, listen to Apple Music or Pocket Casts during my other gym activities, check Outlook and Teams throughout the day, do a few Duolingo sessions, and play some Marvel Snap rounds when I want to kill a few minutes here and there. With that type of usage, it’s not uncommon for my
People started complaining about the iPhone 14 Pro’s battery right after it came out. iOS 16.1 launched and seemed to improve things, but then when iOS 16.2 hit, the battery seemed to take a nosedive again. Using the
While battery complaints around the
Besides the fact that I’ve been used to the
I’m fine with the
Does all of this complaining mean I’m going to stop using the
But that also doesn’t mean Apple gets a complete pass. When the iPhone 15 launches later this year, improved battery life has to be a main focus for the phone. Apple will have had a year to improve battery drain from the Dynamic Island and the always-on screen, and a new 3nm architecture for the A17 chip should improve efficiency as well. Apple did a great job ushering in a load of new features with the
I love using the
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