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iPhone 5s battery life detailed

Apple has announced the battery life for the iPhone 5s. The 5S will get 10 hours of 3G talk time, 4G browsing, Wi-Fi browsing, and video playback, with 8 hours of 3G browsing. The phone will also get 40 hours of music playback, and have a standby time of 250 hours.

There's still plenty of news coming out of Apple's iPhone event today, so stick around!

Source: The Verge

Joseph Keller

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ArgonNJ#CB says:

If Apple was really serious about battery life, then they would make a realistic size battery for what people really use their phone for. They can blow as much smoke as they want, but it won't hide the fact that the iphone battery is and has always been inadequate.

Heremyjopke says:

So will there be a video of the whole event or not?

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nathanzzx says:

Would somebody explain why LTE browsing eats less battery than 3G browsing?
It doesn't make sense to me. Thanks

Chex313 says:

It takes less time to fetch data...hence better battery life, The early iterations of LTE were less efficient. Radio fetches data then shuts off, 3G radio takes longer to fetch the same data. If you are stuck on edge, it burn's battery very fast. Radio has too work much much longer to accomplish the same thing.

tx_tuff says:

To be honest if you are really browsing with the screen on there is no way you will get 8 or 10 hours time.

Brian Jay Falsis says:

iPhone 3GS (speed) iPhone4S (SIRI) iPhone5S (sensor??)

Enes Tasdemir says:

I don't understand people keep making names for 's'es. It is just a fucking S.

moisestorresruiz says:

Your're wrong. Apple themselves have provided the meaning to the past generation "S" iPhones.

Mohammed Shahin says:


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Amritash Pathania says:

3g browsing consumes more battery than lte?????

Tyson Fulton says:

250 hours of standby?! Is that with all LTE, 3G, and WiFi antennas turned off?

Vanti says:

It has to be so that no alerts or feeds can be updated. I would dare even say that the screen should also be on the dimmest setting. Otherwise there is no possible way it could achieve 250 of standby.

Tyson Fulton says:

Agreed. So that statistic is virtually worthless as one does not buy a $200 contract ($650 off-contract) phone to not use the data and voice capabilities.

Vanti says:

Exactly. But it sure does make one hell of a marketing term!

ericesque says:

If the phone is in standby, what are the LTE, 3G, and WiFi antennas doing? Polling for updates occasionally? With iOS 7 batching those update requests during standby, it will preserve a lot more battery.

Nokia's Lumia line quotes ~600 hours on standby. I called BS on a friend when they told me that they finished charging their Lumia 928 in the evening and and only lost 1% charge when they picked up the phone in the morning. But when I extrapolated it out, it came out convincingly close to what Nokia's spec sheet said.

It's not impossible. Our expectations have been set by inefficient software algorithms and power hungry hardware that are both seeing improvements in each new model. Sometimes 1+1 = 3.