Apple iPad mini 3 battery life falls way short of mini 2 for some reason
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 27, 2014, 7:52 AM
The folks from Cupertino left the iPad mini 3 largely unchanged from its already svelte predecessor in terms of design, but included a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which means you can now use it with Apple Pay - the company's budding mobile payment system. There's a new golden color option, and the 32 GB model has disappeared in favor of a 64 GB one, but that's about it - other than those it sports the dimensions and silicon of its predecessor.
Imagine our surprise then, when we measured significantly shorter battery life with the new mini 3, compared to its predecessor. As usual, Apple doesn't list battery capacities, but it's not hard to assume that the juicers are the same, as is most everything else with the two tablets. Still, the iPad mini 3 did last about hour and a half less on our tasking battery benchmark, compared to the mini 2, so have this in mind when gunning for the Touch ID-laden version. This still means that the tablet would get you through the day with average use, but you can't expect much more endurance from the new mini 3.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
- Display 7.9" 2048 x 1536 pixels
- Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
- Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 6350 mAh
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Seems like an expensive afterthought by Apple.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 7:58 AM 4
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Seems like a deliberate attempt to once again strong arm their customer base to "think different" about buying an iPad mini 3. They make much more money on the phablet and a bit more on the iPad airs. Why would anyone be stupid enough to buy the mini 3? Same question came up at the release of the iPhone 5c and that sold well enough. They realized that they really do have a mindless horde they can abuse and they have every intention of doing so. Also, the media is well in their pockets with their 4/5 or 8/10 scores for last year's device.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 10:50 AM 1
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Since it has the same dimensions I would assume it has the same battery capacity. Maybe iOS 8 is a power hog, because that seems to be the only variable here.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 8:01 AM 8
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Whats funny is if it's that....seems like the great battery life iPhone had years ago was due to the OS lacking features. Which many have tried to state to iPhone, Apple fanatics but it fell on deaf ears...
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 8:48 AM 2
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That was my thought too. They should do a fresh battery test of Apple's devices with iOS8 on them. I remember when iOS7 came out a few websites retested the battery on the iPhone 5 and found that iOS7 severely cut the battery life on some variants of the 5. It had something to do with which antenna band your phone was using.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 10:50 AM 2
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How about a retest of the mini 2 on iOS 8. iOS 8 brings a lot more functionality (finally) which obviously could account for the different in battery life.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 8:03 AM 2
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Personally I think iOS 8 has improved in terms of battery life. And even if it would be a battery hog I don't think It would have such strong impact on iPad battery life.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 8:47 AM 0
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Every time something bad is said about Apple products, you're ready to blame anyone but Apple. How about the phone bending in peoples pockets? I guess its their fault for carrying a phone in their pocket? What about the phone braking so easily racking up over $6Billion in repair costs? I guess that's someone else fault too...right? The iPhone 4 antenna issue, I guess that wasn't Apple's fault either? How about the fact every model of the iPhone has had wifi and cellular connection issues? I guess that's not Apple fault either? Even with videos that show these problems, they are so easily ignored when its Apple. But if it was Microsoft or Samsung, then where their stuff has some problems; then oh boy you guys come running blaming them. Amazing how you guys are such hypocrites. Actually I take that back, its not amazing. You guys are just idiots and you can't prove otherwise.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 9:06 AM 4
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And you do a complete opposite, every time something bad is said about Apple products, even if it's a total banality like it bends, or it can break when it falls on the ground or that a phone loses signal under certain circumstances it has to be a fail or even an intention of Apple. And yes just as you guessed even with videos where people are trying to bend their new iPad's I completely ignore "bendgate". Why ? I know and feel how incredibly well built Apple devices are and bunch of people with destructive intentions will not change that fact. With problems of other companies you are wrong as well, it's a complete opposite. I completely don't care about problems of other companies just as you do. They don't have a image of the best company on the planet they don't have an enormous hating comunity like Apple and so no other company will receive a massive worldwide mocking contest, no other company is mocked for their phones being able to bend, no other company is mocked for screwed up software updates, no other company is mocked for having a gap between a display and the bezel (they will tell you it's a feature, such irony). And so tell me who's a bigger hypocrite, I because I know that iPad's have absolutelly insane battery endurance and for wondering how could a "real life" battery test give you two very different numbers on the same hardware or you accusing me of ignoring the "huge problem " that a phone could break or lose reception.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 11:22 AM 0
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Gap between display and bezel??? Lol...looks like you just heard someone saying that....and came here to troll.... It's gap between BEZEL and FRAME... and what is wrong about that GAP..does it create any negative impact on durability???NO...does it makes phone bend???NO...then what is the problem??? See it is different when someone has added why gap is there in manual....and some company just ignores the problem....be it antennagate or bendgate....
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 12:04 PM 0
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There is another article that says that the battery life on e Air 2 is shorter as well. So both are equally less long lasting. You still think its a coincidence? You really think the tests were done wrong? And you winder why people call you all names. It's because you deserve it.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 9:07 AM 4
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But these tests are not about showing the battery life the end user will see. They are a test to mimic real life use, but to do so as if the person never stopped using their device. I don't get why that's an alien concept to people. It's saying if you kept the device awake and kept hammering on it, this is the battery life you'd get. Since most people don't do that it will last longer under human use. The reason they do these kinds of tests is to give people a metric by which to compare these devices. A reviewer using the device for a week or so may give you an idea of the battery life you should see, but they may use their device different than their readers. With a test like this, if you have one of the devices already tested and know the battery life you saw with it, it should tell you if the other device being compared will give you better, the same, or worse battery life than that device. It was never meant to show the battery life the end user will see, only a replicable test to fairly judge battery life between different devices.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 12:02 PM 0
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Really? Man.... I just sold my iPad Mini 1 and just waiting for the iPad Mini 3 to be available here in the Philippines. If this is the problem, I'm gonna buy the iPad Mini 2.
posted on Oct 27, 2014, 10:55 AM 1
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I bought the iPad mini3 and I am not having battery life that low. Not even close. After 4 or 5 hours it was only 65% battery life left. I think there was something flawed with the testing here. Either the iPad was restoring software. Or something. Some reviews are showing 14 hours on just video.
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 8:20 PM 1
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