Battery Life Sucks On the iPhone 7…

Tests show that the iPhone 7 does have poor battery life
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Tests show that the iPhone 7 does have poor battery life
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Batteries image by Memphis CVB, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0)

Wireless requires a lot of battery life.  The iPhone 7 doesn’t have a lot of battery life, according to early tests.

One of the supposed reasons why Apple decided to remove the headphone jack was in order to free up more space for the battery. However, new tests are showing that no, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

The iPhone 7 is currently showing the poorest battery life among flagship phones.

According to Apple, Apple increased both battery life and efficiency through various improvements to the device, including its A10 Fusion chip.  The chip is designed to make the iPhone 7 into two task machines: two cores will run heavyweight tasks like video editing, manipulation, etc.  The other two cores will end up running the apps that don’t require a lot of processing, like reading an article, for example.

TechRadar first put the new phone to the test, showing that while there is an improvement, they noted,

during our tests we didn’t see any evidence of great battery life at all.

TechRadar found it difficult to prove the long battery life, noting,

Even trying different power-use levels on the phone rarely led to better battery life.

TechRadar finished their review of the iPhone 7’s battery life, writing, “we’ve needed to charge it sooner than most phones of its ilk.”

They aren’t the only one making note of the device’s battery life. The Guardian agrees with TechRadar’s summary, flat-out stating,

Battery life, however, is poor.”

The Guardian put the iPhone to the test, using different apps, browsing on the internet, receiving hundreds of e-mails, playing five hours of music through Bluetooth headphones, and found that it only lasted an average 14 hours, noting that it didn’t even last them up until 9:30 p.m.

However, one of the most staggering tests came from U.K. Consumers’ Association magazine Which?, which posted an image detailing how the iPhone 7 fared when compared to other current flagship phones. Take a look.

Image by U.K. Consumers' Association magazine Which?
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Image by U.K. Consumers' Association magazine Which?
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Image by U.K. Consumers’ Association magazine Which?

Which? used a series of tests designed to account for everyday usage variables, and found that the iPhone showed poor battery life in 3G call times, coming in at only 712 minutes. That’s half of Samsung’s Galaxy S7’s call time of 1,492. The best out of the bunch was the HTC 10, which lasted a whopping 1,859 minutes. They write,

Whilst the iPhone 7’s 712 minutes of call time (nearly 12 hours) may sound acceptable, the rival Samsung Galaxy S7 lasted twice as long – and it doesn’t even have the longest lasting battery. The HTC 10 lasted an incredible 1,859 minutes (that’s almost 31 hours).”

In terms of 3G internet use, once again, the iPhone 7 did poorly, only lasting 615 minutes, Which? writes,

The 615 minutes of battery life offered by the iPhone 7 is 25 minutes less than its nearest rival, the LG G5, and 175 minutes less than the top performing HTC 10. In fact, the HTC 10’s 3G internet browsing time was even longer than the iPhone 7’s 3G call time. It doesn’t make for pretty reading for Apple.

9To5Mac has a different take on these tests. They write,

There is a pretty obvious reason for this, however: the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 is the smallest of all the handsets tested, meaning a smaller battery.

However, these tests appear to contradict an article by Ars Technica, which wrote,

Apple says it managed to make the iPhone 7 last up to two hours longer than the iPhone 6S, and the iPhone 7 Plus should last up to one hour longer than the iPhone 6S Plus. Having a larger battery in both phones (another thing Apple attributes to the absent headphone jack) helps, and as always a new phone means new components, which means either more speed or better power efficiency or both.”

One of the things to note in Ars Technica’s test is that in their WebGL test, which simulates gaming or heavier workloads, both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus fared about the same as their 6S counterparts. Andrew Cunningham writes,

The larger batteries are counterbalanced by the higher performance (and thus, power consumption) of those A10 Fusion chips.”

So, for Digital Music News readers who have an iPhone 7, how does it fare under everyday use? Do you agree with the recent tests run by Which?, the Guardian, and others, or does it last longer? Feel free to write in the comments below.


10 Responses

  1. Rick Shaw

    712 minutes of calling time is more than enough between charges.

  2. Kevin

    I’ve had the opposite experience, though not backed with tests. My 5 rarely lasted till noon but the 7 is going all day easily with the same level of use.

  3. C. Hill

    My battery life SUCKS on my 7plus I’m writing this on 10%. Let me just say this is coming from someone who barely uses a gig of data. Totally disappointed. All this after my 6plus was stolen, waited through all the ordering chaos, had to use my old 4s which had had poor battery life from being so old. The 4s battery is about the same no lie. I’m PISSED. will probly request replacement – Apple don’t lie – I’d rather you produce a true product than ruin ur rep by putting out a 1k piece of garbage- ugh.

  4. SK

    My 7 even lost battery life on flight mode over night. Fully charged 100% left it on flight mode, in the morning it was on 75% (all App’s closed etc.)
    Battery life was my reason to change to 7 but now I returned it and keep on using my 6S. Just got to follow the rules…never buy the first Gen.
    So much for a phone that uses battery life on flight mode not beeing used at all…my 6s was lying around on flight mode while using the 7 for several days…without charging….

  5. Gary

    iPhone 7 is my 4th iPhone over the past 9-years. I am VERY disappointed in battery life on it compared to the older iPhones I have had. The iPhone 5S that it replaced had better battery life.

  6. GS

    I searched for “iPhone 7 battery sucks” and here was your article. Yes, the iPhone battery sucks. Even after doing all the suggested techniques to save battery life, it SUCKS!!! FU Apple!

    • Rishi Yaswanth

      Yes bro hardly lasts 8 hours with average usage. Fucking battery for 500$. Giving asome features but less time to use it

  7. Stevie

    Agree just got the 7 plus, Battery life is a lot worse than my 6S Plus. I hope this is a software issue that can be fixed.

  8. Jake

    I have an iPhone 7 (regular) and the battery life ABSOLUTELY SUCKS!! I always close apps and i almost never use data or the phone at all,I always close apps and my battery drains no matter how many tricks I try.I am really thinking about selling it and buying a different phone.