iPad 2 battery holds longer charge than new iPad
Apple’s new iPad holds true to its 10-hour battery life, but falls short of its predecessor
I know, I know—another iPad battery post. Just bear with me; I’ll try to make this the last one, I swear (for now, anyway). So, we learned the other day that the new iPad’s battery might not actually suck as much as we’ve been led to believe. And that seems to be mostly true, but after some vigorous testing by the folks over at Macworld, it’s still kind of crappy in comparison to its most recent predecessor.
During testing, Apple’s iPad 2 outperformed its spankin’ new, third-generation tablet. The results showed that the newest iPad does indeed live up to the 10-hour lifespan that Apple promised, but its battery falls short on being as “similar” to the old version as the company implied.
Macworld performed the tests—which involved a lot of movie-watching (Cleopatra, specifically) and tinkering with different brightness settings—on fully charged devices over local Wi-Fi. The difference in results between each version is pretty shocking, and pretty irritating if you’re running the newer model. The iPad 2, with its screen at the brightest possible setting and automatic-brightness turned off, played a movie at full screen for around eight hours and 30 minutes over Wi-Fi. The new iPad (operating under the same conditions), fell the length of an entire movie short when it stopped after about five hours and 40 minutes.
Each device lasted significantly longer when the brightness levels were put at a lower setting (obviously), but even in this case the new iPad didn’t measure up. The iPad 2 lasted 13 hours and 20 minutes, while the new tablet topped out at the expected 10 hours and 10 minutes. What’s most interesting here is that the older version is supposed to top out at a 10-hour mark, too, but it clearly doesn’t, at least not in Macworld’s testing.
What do you think? Are you excited about the new iPad, despite its battery-bashing criticism? Or, would you rather stick with the older version?
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