iPhone 11 Battery Life: A Comparison of All the Models

October 7, 2019
iPhone 11 Battery Life

The new iPhone 11, as well as its sister models, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, may have created ripples, but currently, seem to be making waves among users and tech enthusiasts alike! Available in stores as well as online, the new iPhone models are finally starting to make an impression on the global phone market.

The iPhone dominates a little over 10% of the global market share according to statistics from the second half of 2019, which, to be more clear, isn’t too much. This certainly isn’t as much as the market share Apple has dominated in previous years. That said, according to a CNBC news report online, the Apple CEO Tim Cook did state that the new phones were doing well on the market.

The Ups and Downs

Though there were many twiddling their thumbs in anticipation for the new iPhone 11 and its sister models, the initial launch of the phone was met with somewhat subdued reactions. One of the reasons for this was the misconception many held that the iPhone 11 was merely a notch or two superior to phones from the iPhone X series. This idea was quickly debunked as more people purchased, used, and reviewed the phones.

Currently, the market is abuzz with praise and positive reviews for the new family of iPhones. Forbes described the phone as; “slick, capable and drop-dead glorious,” in an article whereas the Medium elaborated on why the iPhone 11 would make for an advisable purchase. In other words, the family of iPhone 11s is finally getting the appreciation and credit that is due!

Talking About Phone Specs

There are a whole lot of specs and features that have helped elevate the new iPhone 11 family to where it stands at the moment. Generally speaking, some of the most noteworthy iPhone 11 family features include improved camera quality and functions, more choice by way of phone color, iOS 13 and iOS13.1 compatibility and of course, the presence of the much-revered beast of a processor, the A13 Bionic chip!

Talking About Phone Specs

One of the areas where the iPhone 11 family, particularly the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, seem to have outshone their predecessors is that of battery life. A recent review published by The Verge, apart from endorsing the opinions of other tech writers concerning the iPhone 11 family’s brilliance, describes the battery life as excellent.

Before we delve further into what the new iPhones offer by way of battery life, we’re going to take a brief look at the journey this famous devices power pack has taken over the past few years.

iPhones and Battery Life: A Brief History

Though iPhones have always bragged exclusive technology, cutting edge programming, and other points of technical superiority, battery life has never been one of their strong points. Though most iPhones didn’t make it to the “poorest battery of the year” list, none of them offered battery capabilities that were particularly commendable.

Furthermore, as iPhone designs went from thin to thinner, more battery capabilities were compromised, and iPhone users experienced problems that included fast-draining batteries, tardy charging and others relating to the phone’s power supply. Even the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max, despite the many appealing specifics did seem to take a slight hit in the area of batter life.

Enter the iPhone 11 series!

The iPhone 11 Series: Solving the iPhone Power Crisis

As we mentioned earlier, one of the areas that the iPhone 11 series excels in is power capacity or battery life. There are two reasons we know the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max outshine other iPhones in the battery-life area.

The first reason is that Apple decided to make the 11 series a little thicker than others before them, thus allowing room for a larger battery with a higher power storage capacity. The second reason the 11 series, in general, are far better with battery life is because of the presence of the A13 Bionic processor chip. The processor is capable among other things of optimizing phone function in a manner that allows power to be diverted away from dormant processes without effecting overall phone functioning.

Between the slightly upsized battery pack and the A13 Bionic chip’s ability to conserve power, the iPhone 11 series allow users a lot more battery time to play with.

iPhone 11 Batteries: How Long All the Models Last

As we’re now clear on what the iPhone 11 is about as well as on the journey iPhones, in general, have made, we’re going to get to the fun bit; a comparison of the battery life of all three versions of the iPhone 11 family. While discussing the battery life, we will be touching on other pointers relating to phone price, additional features, and power usage details. The reason for this is to help our readers make an informed choice about whether or not they want to upgrade phones as well as to make clear how much of a selling point the battery life really is for each iPhone 11 model.

We would like to mention that the rate of battery draining does depend precisely on what you’re doing with your phone and how you’re doing it. Factors like screen brightness, processor activity, and others may result in slight variations in the time your phone’s battery runs. That said, the figures below taken from multiple sources as well as from in-house testing should give you a reasonable sense of what to expect from your iPhone 11, 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max

iPhone 11

The iPhone 11 comes with a 3,110 mAh battery which offers users an estimated seventeen hours of video playback and ten hours if a video was being streamed (due to processor load while using 4G). Audio playback tests for the iPhone 11 showed an approximate runtime of sixty-five hours.

This is a lot better than previous models and is also very close to the battery life offered by the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

iPhone 11 Pro

With a 3190 mAh battery, the iPhone 11 Pro offers users an hour more than the iPhone 11 at eighteen hours of video playback and ten hours of streaming. Apart from this, the difference in audio playback time between the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro was hardly noticeable or near-identical.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Finally, the iPhone Pro Max (a costly yet truly beautiful device) comes with a battery of 3500 mAh and allows users a generous twenty hours of video playback, twelve hours of video streaming and a ridiculous 80 hours of audio playback!

Contrasts and Comparisons

Now that we have a sense of the kind of battery life we’re looking at, it’s time to discuss other particulars. The first thing to understand is that though the battery life of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is far superior to the iPhone 11, the price is also a good USD 400 more than the latter. That said, the Pro Max also offers features that are superior, some of which include a three-camera setup and OLED screen as opposed to the iPhone 11’s LCD.

So What Should I Go For?

After having a look at what’s on offer by way of battery life, you may be wondering which iPhone you should go for. If you’re someone who already owns an iPhone XS or XS Max, we feel investing in a standard iPhone 11 might not be all too feasible. In such a situation, if you can’t dish out the USD 1,099 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max or the USD 999 for the 11 Pro, it may be best to hold up till you can afford to.

This is because there may not be landslides of difference between your iPhone XS or XS Max and the starter model iPhone 11. On the other hand, if you’ve got something belonging to the iPhone 7 generation or below, we highly recommend a trade up, even if it is only to the iPhone 11 base model. The suggestions we have made prioritize value, however, what you decide to do is really your call. We will say this; if improved battery life is indeed what you’re after, chances are, one of these three spectacular iPhones will do well for you!