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iPhone 16 Plus battery life to decrease, claims dubious leak

A battery being taken out of an iPhone (Source: Apple)

A dubious new claim about the battery life of the iPhone 16 family says that the iPhone 16 Plus will see a lower capacity battery compared to the current version.

Apple never quotes precise battery figures, it prefers to say more descriptively useful phrases such as "23 hours streaming music." Once a series of iPhones has been released, though, specific battery capacities are discovered and a new rumor claims Apple is improving most of them.

So it's possible to see what the battery rating is for any current iPhone, although sometimes there is some slight variance in test results. What leaker Majin Bu claims is that he or she has the figures for three out of the four iPhone 16 models Apple is working on.

There is no one definitive listing of the iPhone's battery mAh capacity, but broadly there is enough that comparisons can be made with the new figures.

So leaker Majin Bu is really saying that:

  • iPhone 16 Pro Max increases from 4441 mAh in iPhone 15 Pro Max to 4676 mAh
  • iPhone 16 increases from 3367 mAh in iPhone 16 to 3561 mAH
  • iPhone 16 Plus decreases from 4407 mAh in iPhone 15 Plus to 4006 mAh

Majin Bu backs up previous claims that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will have a new battery design, which means it will no longer have to be L-shaped to fit into the chassis. But there's no explanation for why the iPhone 16 Plus should decrease.

Separately, it has been reported that the iPhone 16 camera bump is to be redesigned too.

Majin Bu has has a mixed track record for leaks, but correct reports tend to be repeats from other sources. The leaker has also been notably wrong, too, such as when claiming that Apple would release an iPhone 15 Ultra.