iPhone 12 Shows Disappointing Battery Life for Gaming

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The iPhone 12 and its Pro version are amazing smartphone models with impressive flat-edge design. It reminds us of the iPhone 5. The A14 Bionic chip is a very powerful chipset that can handle any game out there. There’s also 5G support, that’s more than adequate for responsive multiplayer gaming. Compared to its predecessor, we will get up to 50 percent better CPU and GPU performance. So, the iPhone 12 should convincingly provide excellent performance. Unfortunately, the iPhone 12 has fairly low battery capacity at 2815mAh. On paper, it is unlikely that the new iPhone will be usable for 2 hours of normal use, including some web browsing and gaming. Realistically, it would last for 36 hours on a single charge. It means, we still need to charge the phone each night, because it may run out of battery juice the next day.

A14 Bionic is a highly efficient chipset, but the reduction of battery capacity can be large enough to partially affect usability. At around 12 hours 33 minutes for web browsing, the iPhone 12 actually runs one hour longer than the iPhone 11 at 11 hours 26 minutes. As we already know, the iPhone 11 Pro was especially disappointing with less than 9 hours of battery life for web browsing. However, the iPhone 12 starts to show its weakness in video playback. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro run for around 6 hours 40 minutes when playing back videos. iPhone 11 wins the race at 7 hours 13 minutes, while the iPhone 11 Pro could give us only 6 hours 27 minutes. As comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S20 performs better in video playback, offering 10 hours 20 minutes.

And now for gaming longevity. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro give us only 3 hours and 1 minute for continuous gaming. The difference is drastic if we compare it with iPhone 11, at 7 hours 37 minutes and iPhone 11 Pro, at 6 hours 38 minutes. For late 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is the clear winner for gaming longevity at 8 hours 29 minutes. Also, when you play games for an extended period, the iPhone 12 and its battery get hot really quickly. However, the passive cooling of Apple’s new flagship seems to work fairly well, because it could dissipate heat effectively. The device should return to the normal temperature when we stop playing games. If you love to play games, it’s a good idea to stick with your iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro. The A13 Bionic chipset of iPhone 11 still works nicely. It could smoothly handle the most demanding games in App Store.

It’s clearly bad news for avid gamers who have bought the latest iPhone recently. When playing an offline game, it is recommended to put the phone to Airplane mode. If you need Internet connection to play games, you can enable the Airplane mode and then enable Wi-Fi connection to keep your connectivity to bare minimum. Cellular and location connections could consume battery life unnecessarily when gaming. It is also a good idea to give Siri a break by turning it off. If your game isn’t particularly demanding, it is recommended to enable the Low Power mode.