Your iPhone X/8 battery could wear out in about 18 months!

If you’re an iPhone X owner like I am, then reading this headline could be troubling!

OK, first a little about the battery inside the iPhone. According to Apple, the battery ” is designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge cycles,” and beyond that, the battery is considered worn and heading towards end-of-life. Some batteries can and do retain more than 80 percent charge after well over 500 recharge cycles (I have an iPhone 6 Plus with over 800 recharge cycles that’s still above the 80 percent mark), once you hit 500 recharge cycles, your battery is on borrowed time.

So what’s going on here?

It seems that Apple adding the speed and convenience of wireless and fast charging is masking the fact that newer iPhones are placing quite a heavy demand on battery life, and that the device — even the larger Plus devices — are needing to be topped up more regularly than older devices, and that this will wear out the battery even faster than we’ve seen previously.

If you upgrade every year, this isn’t going to be a problem for you, but if you’re the kind of person who likes to get a few years out of their iPhone before getting a new one, this is something that you need to think about. You either need to take measures to minimize battery usage during the day, or plan for a battery replacement down the line.