iOS 14.5 Battery Life Drain Compared For iPhone 11, XR, SE 2, 8, And More

Apple has made iOS 14.5 available to the public after a very protracted run of betas. Developers and those on the public beta program have been testing this update for weeks now – and it’s been pretty great. But what about battery life?

That’s a question that YouTube chanel, iAppleBytes, always sets out to answer, and this 10-minute video does exactly that.

The test was run on the iOS 14.5 Release Candidate, but we now know that is the same built that has been made available to the public.

You can check the video out to see how things went down across a variety of iPhones. iAppleBytes also took into account the fact that iPhones often need a few days to settle themselves down after an update, too.

This video was shot 5 days after iOS 14.5 RC was installed, so it had time to settle in. I have seen many comments that it takes about a week for battery performance to optimize itself after an iOS update. I have always been skeptical of this statement as I have never personally had bad battery life right after I update. If I restore and download backup from iCloud well then that is another story. So I decided to run the battery test 5 days after I updated them. In those 5 days they were just idling with power connected. So let’s run the battery test again, and see if we will get some different results this time around.

Of course, this is an update that’s well worth downloading regardless of the outcome of this test – iOS 14.5 includes some great features, not least the ability to have an Apple Watch unlock an iPhone when the wearer has a mask covering their face.

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