iOS 10 Vs iOS 9: Battery Life On iPhone 6s, 6, 5s, 5 [Comparison]

Here’s a comparison between iOS 10 (10.0.1) Vs iOS 9 (9.3.5) for battery life on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.

The release of Apple’s iOS 10 platform to the general public is here. Owners of compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch hardware are literally chomping at the bit to interact with all of the new features and improvements that iOS 10 brings to the table, but putting all of that fancy new stuff aside, it’s highly likely that device owners will be keen to know exactly how iOS 10 performs from a battery life perspective. Thankfully, as is usually the case, we have a video that highlights battery performance on multiple devices on iOS 10.0.1 and iOS 9.3.5.


The test itself, although not exactly scientific, is pretty useful. The YouTuber in the video takes an iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s and loads them up in the first instance with iOS 9.3.5, and then, of course, with iOS 10.0.1. Rather than use two of each device, the same phones were used to run each version of iOS in order to ensure that it was as scientific as it could be. It’s then a case of running Geekbench’s battery performance test on each device across both firmware versions and sitting back to see the results.

The first thing that immediately springs to mind is wondering if we have to sit and watch these devices on video run out of battery in real-time. That in itself would take hours. Instead, the video hurries over the process by condensing both sets of tests into about 20-minutes worth of total video time before actually showing the results at the end.

What’s immediately evident from the end results is that Apple looks to have done enough with iOS 10 to convince those who require as much battery life as possible to upgrade.

The iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6s all managed to last longer running iOS 10.0.1 than the same devices running iOS 9.3.5. For comparison, the iPhone 5s running iOS 10.0.1 managed a whole fifteen minutes 30 seconds longer than its iOS 9.3.5 counterpart. Last year’s flagship, the iPhone 6s, improved on that by staying up and running for an impressive 19 minutes longer than at the iPhone 6s running OS 9.3.5. We aren’t talking about hours worth of improvements, but there definitely appears to be enough to suggest that iOS 10.0.1 won’t introduce terrible battery performance.

So, those of you who have upgraded, are you getting better battery life on iOS 10 compared to iOS 9? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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