Brazilian Certifications Suggest iPhone 12 Mini Features 2,227mAh Battery and iPhone 12 Has 2,815mAh Battery

Apple's iPhone mini has the shortest battery life out of all the iPhones in the ‌iPhone‌ 12 lineup due to its small size, but Apple has not provided public information about the battery's capacity. A regulatory filing from Brazil, however, suggests the iPhone 12 mini has a battery capacity of 2,227mAh.

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The same regulatory information says the ‌iPhone‌ 12 features a 2,815mAh battery, which is smaller than the 3,110mAh battery in the ‌iPhone‌ 11.

The regulatory info comes from ANATEL, Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency that certifies new electronic devices. The listing was found by Brazilian site Tecnoblog, with the site claiming to have found documentation on all four of the new ‌iPhone‌ models. Information on ‌iPhone‌ 12 Pro and Pro Max battery capacity has not yet been shared, however.

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A battery certification leak earlier this summer also indicated that the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌ would have a 2,227mAh battery capacity, but that same leak said that the ‌iPhone‌ 12 and 12 Pro would feature 2,775mAh batteries, which doesn't match up with the ANATEL info.

There is a possibility that the ‌iPhone‌ 12 and 12 Pro have different battery capacities, so the 12 Pro could have the rumored 2,775mAh battery, which would make both certification leaks accurate. The earlier certifications also suggested the iPhone 12 Pro Max would have a 3,687mAh battery, but it's not yet clear if that's accurate.

Apple appears to be using smaller batteries in this year's ‌iPhone‌ lineup compared to last year as the ‌iPhone‌ 11 Pro had a 3,046mAh battery and the iPhone 11 Pro Max had a 3,969mAh battery. Compared to those models, the new iPhones have similar battery life thanks to efficiency improvements introduced by the A14 Bionic chip.

According to Apple, the ‌iPhone 12 mini‌'s battery lasts for up to 15 hours with standard video playback, up to 10 hours with streaming video playback, and up to 50 hours with audio playback.

Both the ‌iPhone‌ 12 and 12 Pro offer up to 17 hours of video playback, up to 11 hours of streaming video playback, and up to 65 hours of audio playback, while the ‌iPhone 12 Pro Max‌ lasts for up to 20 hours for video playback, up to 12 hours for streaming video playback, and up to 80 hours for audio playback.

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farewelwilliams Avatar
47 months ago
I remember when iPhone 5 came out and Apple COMPLETELY underestimated the battery consumption of the new LTE connection. IMO iPhone 5 had the worst battery life of all iPhones. I barely used my iPhone 5 and was always reaching 20% around 5-6pm.

Hope they don't make the same mistake here.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Craiguyver Avatar
47 months ago
Nothing that a $149 MagSafe wireless charging power bank can't solve, right Timmy?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
subjonas Avatar
47 months ago
Ridiculous they make you choose between different size batteries. I want the same battery in the mini as the bigger phones. I want the same bigger screen size too. I want everything exactly the same except the price!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Anuba Avatar
47 months ago

And once again, they prioritize thinness over utility. They really don't learn from past mistakes, do they?
Sigh. It's the *Mini*. Right there in the name. I think people who are turned on by the idea of the smallest possible iPhone don't also think "please make it thick and heavy because my tiny phone must have a 2 week battery".

The "thinness over function" thing pretty much died with Steve Jobs, he was always one for the "look how THIN it is" money shot part of the keynotes. Since then, iPhones have been getting thicker and heavier for each generation, what with all the glass backs and new internals they've been piling on. The 12 Max is a half-pound behemoth just like the 11 Max, both weighing in at 54 grams more than the first phablet iPhone (6 Plus).

At 133 grams, the Mini is still part of the perpetual weight gain trend we've seen in iPhones over the last few years. It's heavier than the 6 (129 g). People who want a "Mini" probably have fond memories of the 5/5s/SE 1st Gen form factor. The SE1 weighed 113 grams. So they made the right call keeping the Mini well below 150.
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sideshowuniqueuser Avatar
47 months ago
Apple: I think I can make these thinner and lighter
Everyone else: [Groan] function over form please
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Sebosz Avatar
47 months ago
And once again, they prioritize thinness over utility. They really don't learn from past mistakes, do they?
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