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Apple says the iPhone 15’s battery got better — but won’t say exactly how

The iPhone 15 Pro (blue titanium) and 15 Pro Max (white titanium) standing next to one another.
The iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are the subject of some new and improved battery health claims. | Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

iPhone 15 owners seemingly got some great news yesterday: long-term battery health is better than Apple initially claimed. Twice as good, in fact! The company is now advertising a much larger number to represent how long its batteries will last. The trouble is, we’re not exactly sure if the batteries have gotten that much better — or if Apple has just changed how it talks about and tests them.

As reported by 9to5Mac, Apple retested the batteries in the iPhone 15 and 15 Pro and now claims they can maintain at least 80 percent of their original capacity for 1,000 charging cycles — double its initial claim of 500 cycles. Batteries naturally degrade over time, so the added longevity is welcome news. It’s particularly notable since iPhone 14…

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