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iPhone 14 One-Ups the iPhone 13 in This Category: Battery Life

Apple says every iPhone 14's battery will last all day -- an improvement over the iPhone 13.

Apple's iPhone 14
Apple kept up its tradition of unveiling new iPhones in September.
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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2023, CNET's collection of news, tips and advice around Apple's most popular product.

During its fall product event on Wednesday, Apple said the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro lineups include "all-day" battery life. The company says the best battery life, now included in the iPhone 14 Plus, was previously only available in the iPhone Pro Max models. (Here's how all four iPhone 14 models compare.)

That likely means the latest models will all offer more minutes of battery life than the iPhone 13 series.

Battery life can vary depending on what people use their phones for so the results might not be the same for everyone. The battery information on Apple's website suggests that you can watch more video and listen to audio for a couple of more hours on the iPhone 14 compared to its predecessor. The company said that the iPhone 14 includes up to 20 hours of video playback, up to 16 hours of streamed video playback and up to 80 hours of audio playback. The iPhone 13 includes up to 19 hours of video playback, up to 15 hours of streamed video playback and up to 75 hours of audio playback. You can compare the battery life of various models on this website.

CNET's battery tests last year -- playing looped video on airplane mode with the screen at half brightness -- showed the iPhone 13 Pro lasting 22 hours, 2 minutes, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max lasting 31 hours, 19 minutes. It'll be interesting to see how the new iPhones compare.

Apple's improvements to the iPhone's battery life is one way the tech giant is trying to entice you to upgrade your phone as consumers in general pull back on spending to offset inflation and a murky economic future. While new features like Crash Detection and Dynamic Island draw all the headlines, most consumers have a basic set of needs they look for when buying a new phone. 

If the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro's new battery life still isn't enough, you can always consider adding a power bank for added charge.  

The iPhone 14 starts at $799, the larger screen iPhone 14 Plus starts at $899, the iPhone 14 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at $1,099. At Wednesday's event, Apple also unveiled the AirPods Pro 2, Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Ultra and the iOS 16 release date

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