According to a report from BGR, a leaker recently let drop that the upcoming iPhone 15 will come with stacked batteries, a feature the soon-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S24 will not have. Why is this significant? Stacked batteries offer various benefits compared to the rolled batteries we find in smartphones.
One of the benefits of using stacked batteries is that they're more compact, feature better energy density, and dissipate heat better, which means longer battery life. The main benefit which should bring you joy is the fast charging capabilities of stacked batteries, which is why the technology is used in electric vehicles. Sadly, instead of taking full advantage of this, the rumor is Apple will cap it at 40W, which is way below several Android devices.
Why the cap
Although phones like the OnePlus 11 and upcoming OnePlus 12 feature fast charging up to 100W, Samsung and Apple charging remain rather pedestrian at best. Although Leaker RGcloudS recently shared they've seen 40W wired and 20W magsafe charging, those speeds have you napping as you wait to recharge your device.
I've seen 40W wired & 20W magsafenew protocol & power chipnot sure yet if it 15could be iP16July 13, 2023
Although there have been rumors that Samsung may go up to 65W of fast charging, they remain rumors, and we won't know anything until after Samsung's Unpacked event. While responding to someone on the Twitter thread, it was also mentioned that Apple would be using a new power chip and protocol. But they didn't know for sure if it would be available with the iPhone 15 or if it may come with the iPhone 16.
Sadly, Apple is slowly adopting technology others have been using for a while now, and once again, the company isn't innovating. It will be just another incremental upgrade that the company has become famous for. Remember when the iPhone was so exciting and game-changing? The iPhone is starting to feel like my grandparent's Buick, a boring family car that is just middle of the road but comfy because it's familiar.
I mean, going from 20W to 40W doubles the charging speed, but when my OnePlus 11 charges to 100% in 22 minutes and my iPhone takes 30 minutes to get to 50%, it makes a huge difference. Some makers try to tell you fast charging can affect battery life over the life of your device. However, why does that matter when the same tech makers expect you to buy a new phone every 18 months?
Well, enjoy spending $1,500 on Pop Pop and Nana's favorite iPhone, and I will save money and enjoy the OnePlus 12 and be part of the future.
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Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.