The Average Life of an iPhone
We are all aware that our gadgets won't last forever. Many iPhone users wonder how long their devices will last as they represent huge investments. If you don't lose or break your iPhone, it will stop functioning when the battery stops performing well. iPhone batteries wear out over time like that of any other electronic device. The battery's wear and tear will depend on your iPhone version and how much you use it daily. Duracell and other standard alkaline batteries have a life span of one charge cycle. It is pre-charged, and you can use it only once.
In contrast, rechargeable batteries have a life span. Apple iPhones are designed so that the battery will retain 80% of its capacity after 500 complete charging cycles. We know that you might assume one charging cycle means one time that you charge your phone, but it is more complex. Let's look at an example to understand better. Say, you use 75% of your battery capacity and then fully charge your iPhone after. You would have completed one charging cycle when you use 25% of your battery capacity the next day. You would have discharged 100% of battery capacity in two days, adding up to one complete charging cycle. If you are someone who has minimal phone usage, you might take several days to complete one cycle. Bigger battery sizes means longer a battery life.
You might also worry about how long your iPhone’s software might take to become outdated. It depends on what you use your iPhone for. Some people upgrade their iPhones yearly to all the latest updates, while others keep them for two or three years before upgrading to a better version. The major features that spur these needs for upgrades are advancements in camera, design changes, or increased support. If you are a gadget geek, you might upgrade your phone every year, but with time, smartphones have matured, and revolutionary technological advancements are slowed down. Many are choosing to wait for three years before they replace their iPhone. If you are not interested in any of these, you can enjoy your iPhone until it becomes slow.
The final question you might have is, "How long until my iPhone dies?" Every device has a shelf life, and there will come a day when a few components of your iPhone will stop working, and you possibly won't be able to use the device any longer. The component might be anything from the chipset, the RAM, or the display. How long your iPhone will last depends on how long and well you've used it. If you are a rough handler and often drop the phone or have bad charging habits, the device will die quicker than it would otherwise.
Why Upgrade Your iPhone?
Here are a few reasons why you should upgrade your iPhone.
- Storage: The iPhone needs more than 2GB of free space to update its iOS. You might need an upgrade if you are constantly out of storage space.
- Unexpected Shutdowns: As the years pass, your iPhone battery will not be able to cater to the needs of the latest software updates. Due to battery strain, your iPhone might shut down unexpectedly.
- Battery: As mentioned, the battery capacity will drop to 80% after 500 charging cycles. Over time, you will start seeing a decrease in your iPhone's battery life, meaning it's time to upgrade.