APPLE has been accused of “overstating” the battery life of its iPhones by up to nine hours.
A controversial Which? investigation – already slammed by experts as “meaningless” – suggests that all nine of the iPhones tested had misleading battery life figures.
AP:Associated Press Apple’s iPhones have come under fire from consumer champion Which?
The consumer champion carried out tests to find the “average talk time” for over 50 smartphones from five top brands.
According to its results, Apple and HTC “both appeared to overstate the battery life length” of their gadgets.
“Apple stated that its batteries lasted between 18% and 51% longer than the Which? results,” the report notes.
But Which? hasn’t revealed exactly how it tested the smartphones – raising concerns among experts.
Getty – Contributor The popular iPhone XR is alleged to have 50% shorter battery life than Apple claims
“Measuring battery life is voodoo magic,” said top analyst Ben Wood, of CCS Insight, speaking to The Sun.
“It really depends on how you are using the device so it is little surprise that there are such big discrepancies between the different tests.
“Without a clear methodology of how Which? made its measurements the results it has come up with are almost meaningless.”
According to the Which? report, Apple’s new iPhone XR was the worst offender.
It’s alleged that the battery lasted for just 16 hours and 32 minutes.
That’s in contrast to Apple’s own claims of a 25-hour battery life.
HTC is also noted as overestimated battery life by 5%, while Nokia, Samsung and Sony are revealed to have “underestimated talk time” with their official figures.
“With mobile phones now an essential part of everyday life, we should be able to count on our handsets living up to the manufacturer’s claims,” said Natalie Hitchins, Which? Head of Home Products and Services.
“There are clearly questions here around how long some mobile phone batteries will last.
“So it’s important to make sure you find an independent source of reliable information when buying your next phone.”
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But Apple has hit back at the claims, slamming Which? for being overly secretive about its testing methods.
Apple publishes detailed methodology that explains how it tests battery life – and suggested that Which? do the same.
“We rigorously test our products and stand behind our battery life claims,” an Apple spokesperson told The Sun.
“With tight integration between hardware and software, iPhone is engineered to intelligently manage power usage to maximize battery life.
“Standalone battery lab tests rely on a setup that tries to replicate normal usage, but often don’t reflect how a battery performs in the real world.
“Which? have chosen not to share their criteria so it is impossible for us to judge their findings.We share how we test battery life with our customers, which are available at https://www.apple.com/iphone/battery.html.”
Getty – Contributor Other tests suggest that the iPhone XS Max trumps Samsung, Sony and Google phones for both battery life and performance
Apple isn’t wrong: battery life tests are an absolute minefield.
Countless factors can affect battery life, including the phone’s activity, screen brightness, connectivity settings (like WiFi being on or off), and even the weather.
We don’t know exactly how Which? performed its tests, and can’t guarantee it’s the same method Apple uses – so take these results with a pinch of salt.
Which? also declined to reveal its method to The Sun – a spokesperson said: “We test a wide range of products and our testing is intended to simulate real-life usage.
“It allows all phones we test to be compared in a fair and consistent way.
“While our methodology may differ from those of the manufacturers compared in this investigation, we are confident in our robust and independent testing.”
In any case, battery life testing isn’t necessarily a great metric to rely on.
It’s very hard to replicate normal phone usage with battery life tests, so they rarely reflect your actual experience with a smartphone.
And even if the claims are “overstated”, it doesn’t mean that iPhone battery life is necessarily bad either.
For instance, Apple’s iPhone XR is ranked as the 12th-best smartphone since the beginning of 2018 in the battery life tests on acclaimed tech site Tom’s Guide.
This ranks it as the best iPhone for battery life, beating all but one Samsung phone.
And another test by a YouTuber ranked the iPhone XS Max above top Samsung, Sony and Google phones:
iPhone XS Max faces Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Google Pixel 3 XL in battery life test – can you guess who wins?
The Sun has also previously written about the impressive battery life of the iPhone XR.
We were also pleased by charge performance in our iPhone XR review.
Still, all tech firms can probably do with improving battery life.
“Battery life is the Achilles Heel for all consumer electronics devices,” expert Ben added, speaking to The Sun.
“It is something that has progressed more slowly than most other technologies. We’ve reached the point where for most consumers they are just grateful to get through a whole day and if you are a heavy user you end up carrying around a battery pack anyway.”
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