My iPhone 14 Pro is amazing, but there’s one thing driving me crazy – Digital Trends

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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 iPhone 14 Pro Max to the iPhone 14 Pro, I expected a couple of things to happen. I knew the screen would be smaller and a bit more cramped, and I expected the battery life to be shorter. Neither of those things was surprising, and they’ve both been true in using the iPhone 14 Pro.
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 iPhone 14 Pro has been … not great. When I first got my iPhone 14 Pro Max, I was easily getting through a couple of days on a single charge. Later software updates lessened that to a day and a half or one especially busy day. But with the regular iPhone 14 Pro, I’m often hunting for my charger by 5:00 p.m. or earlier.
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 iPhone 14 Pro to hit 20% in the late afternoon before dinner. And this is how I’m using the phone while staying at home! The next work trip that demands I spend even more time on my smartphone, I’m almost positive I’ll have to switch to the Galaxy S23 Ultra (or back to the iPhone 14 Pro Max) if I want to have a pleasant experience.
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 iPhone 14 Pro on iOS 16.3 for the last few weeks, I’m not impressed with the results I’m seeing. iOS 16.4 could fix things again, but I’m not holding my breath.
While battery complaints around the iPhone 14 Pro aren’t anything new, I think there’s a big reason why it’s hitting me so hard right now.
Besides the fact that I’ve been used to the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s endurance over the last few months, more recent Android phones have proven to be battery monsters. Take the Galaxy S23 as an example. It’s significantly lighter than the iPhone 14 Pro and even a bit shorter and thinner. Yet despite this, it delivers really strong battery life — easily delivering over a day’s worth of use on a single charge, or two if you aren’t on it constantly.
I’m fine with the iPhone 14 Pro not lasting two days on a single charge; I never expected it to do that. But unless I want to go to bed with less than 5% battery remaining, I know I need to put it on the charger in the middle of the day. And with charge speeds maxing out at 27W, it’s not a particularly fast process, either.
Does all of this complaining mean I’m going to stop using the iPhone 14 Pro? No. The size difference between it and the 14 Pro Max is still too significant to ignore, even if it means putting up with mediocre endurance.
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 iPhone 14 Pro; with the iPhone 15 Pro, it needs to find a way to let people use those things for longer.
I love using the iPhone 14 Pro. It feels great in the hand, the screen is easy to navigate, the Dynamic Island is still a pleasure to use, and not once has its gaming performance left me wanting more. And all of that makes the lacking battery life all the more frustrating. This is a phone I want to spend time using and enjoying, but the current battery life situation is making that far more difficult than it should be.
Apple’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are now widely available, and so far, it appears they’ve been a massive success. The iPhone 15 is a huge upgrade from previous base models thanke to the Dynamic Island, a 48MP main camera, the A16 Bionic chipset, and a USB-C port.
But people who want even more have the iPhone 15 Pro as an option. Apple has replaced the stainless steel frame with titanium, the mute switch is gone in favor of the mighty Action button, and we have the A17 Pro with more RAM — plus two additional focal lengths for the 48MP main camera.
Apple’s new iPhone 15 handsets have been largely well received since their release on Friday, though one troubling issue has emerged with the pricier Pro versions of the device.
As reported by Digital Trends on Monday, some owners of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max have taken to online forums to express concerns that their new iPhone is heating up way beyond what seems normal, and certainly to a greater extent than their previous iPhone when performing the same or similar tasks.
Apple’s new iPhone 15 has hit the streets, and boy, it’s a pretty great upgrade from its predecessor. You now have the Dynamic Island, USB-C, an A16 Bionic processor, and a mighty 48MP main camera that can do up to 2x optical zoom. To top it off, the standard iPhone 15 models have a new matte finish back glass with color infused throughout the material.
I’ve only had the iPhone 15 for a few days now and will be working on the full review for Digital Trends in the coming days. But after just spending a couple of days with it, I’m already thoroughly impressed with the iPhone 15, even though I typically go for the Pro models myself.
The new matte back is absolutely lovely
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