Why does Apple put only 3000mAh battery when other smartphone companies or brands are throwing in 4000mAh and even more batteries in their phones?
This topic is one that gets alot of smartphone users both on the Apple and Android platform asking and searching for the right answers and in this context, we will discuss the reason behind such huge gap in smartphone battery between the two famous OS. But the question is, why other phones have such huge batteries. The thing is, Android is a horribly inefficient OS.
Top that off with the fact that the processors used in Android phones are also terrible on efficiency. So Android phones need to use more power to match the power of iOS. That means they had to put bigger batteries in. Apple could put a bigger battery in, but why, when they have better battery life than their competitors. iPhones easily last a day there isn’t much benefit to having a phone that lasts more than a day (but less than two days). In battery tests, the iPhone 13 Pro Max has the best battery life of any smartphone, period. Why do you care what the numbers read when the experience is better?
Funny story related to this: the whole craze for large smartphones started over this issue. Back in the days when smartphones were 4” or smaller, Android phones were notorious for their terrible battery life. Apple had just started using the A-series chips and they were dramatically more efficient, extending their lead even further, as their OS was more efficient as well. Samsung realized that in order to make up the gap, they needed a bigger battery.
However, in order to fit a bigger battery, they needed a bigger screen. So they started launching phone with giant screens. Because of the extra room for more batteries (yes the bigger screen takes more power but because of the square cube law, it wasn’t proportional to the extra power provided by the bigger battery) they were able to match and even exceed the iPhone’s battery life.
For the couple years that Apple continued to make smaller phones they lost their perception as having the best battery life as a result. That changed once they launched the iPhone 6 with bigger screens and since then the iPhone has had best in class battery life, with the iPhone 12 being the notable exception (they were hit with the triple whammy of needing a power hungry 5G chip which took up more room leaving less room for a battery and releasing a smaller phone at the same time). We have the horrible inefficiencies of Android to thank for our big phones.
If Android ever gets their act together and puts out a real OS that can match the efficiencies of iOS coupled with custom silicon (which Google is already doing) we’ll finally see Android phones that can match the battery life of the iPhone.
Looking at the numbers would be like complaining that your car, which is faster than the competitors’ cars, has less horsepower. Who cares what the horsepower is if you get better performance? No one, especially Apple, cares what the mAh of the battery is if it gets better battery life. Which is does. In reality, if you constantly stream and watch videos and surfing the internet no battery will last a day.