Apple has made a tradition out of launching new iPhones shrouded in a certain level of mystery, as the company refuses to go on stage and babble about things such as RAM or battery capacity.
However, the OEM tends to be pretty specific about the battery performance of its devices, despite keeping mum on the number of mAh that the power sources are carrying.
Keeping in tune with its custom, Apple did not officially say what battery capacity can be expected from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, or how much RAM the devices will have. Luckily for anxious users, leaks are usually here to shed light on the matter. What is more, regulatory filings offered the specific information that everyone was craving for.
TENAA, the Chinese regulatory body, offered some peeks into the iPhone 7, revealing that the device comes with a 1,960 mAh battery. Its bigger iteration, the iPhone 7 Plus, packs a mighty 2,900 mAh power source.
To put it in perspective, keep in mind that the iPhone 6s had a battery of 1,715 mAh while the iPhone 6s Plus came with a power source of 2,750 mAh. The form factor-optimized smartphone from Apple, the iPhone SE, packs a 1,624 mAh battery.
Apple's official battery life for talk time with the iPhone 7 Plus is 21 hours on 3G, while the iPhone 7 is supposed to last for 14 hours on 3G. The OEM touted that iPhone 6s Plus can run for 24 hours on 3G, and the iPhone 6s can run for up to 14 hours on 3G. The iPhone SE's battery life is advertised as identical to that of the iPhone 6.
For internet use, the iPhone 6s offers the least battery life, a mere 10 hours on 3G and LTE, while it can provide 11 hours of battery life on Wi-Fi. The iPhone 7 Plus is the champion in the category, as it can deliver 13 hours of browsing on 3G, and a maximum of 15 hours on Wi-Fi.
Video playback time ranges between 11 hours on the iPhone 6s and 14 hours on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus. Meanwhile, the audio playback time ranges between 40 hours (wireless) on the iPhone 7 and a whopping 80 hours on the iPhone 6s Plus.
Last, but not least, the standby time for the new smartphone is in line with the former variant. Both iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus have a standby time of 16 days, while the iPhone 7 falls in line with the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, at 10 days of standby time.
In the keynote from the presentation of its latest smartphone, Apple touted that the iPhone 7 will be better than the iPhone 6s in terms of battery life. Looking at the iPhone 7 Plus, the phablet seems to put to good use its larger battery and increased hardware-software optimization.
There are two factors that contribute to the improved battery life. First, the OEM packed larger power sources in its new handsets, and it also enhanced the batteries' efficiency on the latest iPhones.
We look forward to seeing the official teardowns of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, as they are very likely to confirm the regulatory reports. Last, but not least, the teardowns will probably give even more details about the internal components of Apple's latest smartphones.