iPhone and 5G battery, what impact on autonomy?

Apple is gradually bringing 5G to its entire range of mobile products such as iPhones and iPads, but what impact does 5G have on battery life?

iPhone battery, 5G battery life

The Wall Street Journal has carried out a complete test, while admitting that these are real use tests which therefore cannot give scientific and perfect indications, but only an estimate of consumption. The test was carried out on iPhone SE 3, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 mini and iPad Air, and repeated in 5G and LTE.

The results clearly show that 5G can have a major impact on iPhone and iPad battery life. Most of the tests involved playing YouTube videos first on 5G and then on LTE:

iPhone battery, 5G battery life

The test was conducted in the United States and also brings out another very interesting point: the difference in autonomy when using different operators such as T-Mobile and Verizon. In addition, all iPhones were connected to the much faster mmWave 5G. A 5G sub-6GHz connection has less impact on battery life.

As can be seen in the graph above, the iPhone SE 3 lasted an hour longer on 4G than when connected on 5G. The iPad Air and iPhone 13 mini lasted about 1.5 hours longer, while the iPhone 13 Pro lasted 2.5 hours longer.

And you, have you noticed any substantial differences in terms of battery life between 5G and 4G?

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