The battery capacity of the new iPad is around 65% bigger than in the iPad 2. That’s so in order to accommodate for the Retina Display, and the quad-core graphics chip which subsequently has to render a lot more pixels than in the old tablet. Let’s not forget 4G LTE connectivity, which is now an option for the first time in Apple world. That’s also universally considered to require more power than other data connectivity solutions.
So the increased capacity is there for a reason, and the resulting battery life turns out to be almost the same as the previous generation tablet. That’s how power hungry that display and connectivity chip are.
iPad 2 and new iPad batteries side by side
Because of Apple, prices of Lithium-Polymer batteries, like those used in the iPads, are bound to fall in the near to medium-term future. That’s because Apple is leading a newfound demand for large LiPo batteries, that are now being used in everything from tablets to ultrabooks.
Basically, Apple’s focus on great battery life for its tablets hasn’t gone unnoticed in the industry, and its competitors in both the PC and the ‘post-PC’ fields are taking notice and trying to emulate that experience.
There’s plenty of production capacity, and the sheer size of these batteries isn’t a cause for concern. The main issues that manufacturers face have to do more with the required thinness for some batteries, and not with size in itself.
And since production capacity is not limited, an increase in demand will just lead to more production. Which in turn will lead to lower prices. So hopefully more mobile device makers will decide to put bigger batteries in their products, perhaps convinced to do this by the lower prices that are expected in the future.
Battery life is currently one of the main problems of modern mobile devices, but using bigger batteries is possible, as the Motorola RAZR MAXX has proven. Furthermore, it’s not even that detrimental to a device’s thickness anymore. And with battery prices going down too, there’s absolutely no reason for companies to continue to treat us with subpar battery life on our mobile devices.