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Beneath the battery, stretch release adhesive just where we expect it, like a familiar tune on your drive to work. The 12 and 12 Pro have four tabs each, and they perform as expected.

One thing that could stand to change, though: the tiny, flimsy pull-tab "starter" section Apple provides. What are these, pull tabs for ants?

We've heard through the applevine that the 12 and 12 Pro are using the exact same battery. With that said (puts on examination glasses) yup! We see 10.78 Wh for both batteries.

They are also interchangeable in our parts swap tests.

This is a marked decrease from the 11 and 11 Pro, which ring in at 11.91 Wh and 11.67 Wh, respectively. But the highly efficient new 5nm-process A14 chip might be making up for that difference: as per Apple's official specs, battery life doesn't suffer at all.

It's a bit disappointing to see Apple back away from the unique L-shaped battery designs it developed for recent iPhones. Rumors pointed to Apple using cheaper parts to offset the cost of 5G, and this seemingly bears that out.

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