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iPhone 6 Said to Bring Minor Battery Upgrade

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Battery life is an area where the iPhone has room for improvement, and don’t set your expectations too high with the iPhone 6, the rumour mill suggests. As you have heard, the next-generation handset will come with a larger screen, but the battery planned for use in the iPhone 6 will likely disappoint, because it is only a slight boost compared to the iPhone 5s/5c, claims the Chinese Digit.it.sohu (via GforGames).

Iphone 5s battery

Sources speaking with the Chinese media claim the 4.7-inch iPhone will likely ship with a battery of between 1,800 mAh and 1,900 mAh. By comparison, the iPhone 5s comes with a 1,570 mAh battery.

Interestingly enough, the bigger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is said to pack a 2,500 mAh battery, which doesn’t sound bad, but if we compare it to the LG G3, still looks small, especially considering that the latter had a 3,000 mAh battery.

We should mention here, though, that after being subjected to stress tests, the iPhone 5s battery life tests were decent enough to beat the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1, and Nexus 5, so this should be considered before jumping to early conclusions. By the way, the Nexus 5 packs a 2,300 mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 has a 2,600 mAh battery.

In other words, the rumoured specs are just part of the bigger picture and may influence the overall experience, but let’s not forget about Apple’s tight software–hardware integration.

iPhone 5s battery. Image credit: iFixit

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  • Al

    Assuming this turns out to be true…
    That’s between a 15% and 21% increase. That’s relatively significant. Although that may be eaten up by powering the increased screen size, the faster processor, etc.(?)

  • FerrariF1

    All phone designers should just make their designs slightly thicker to give us handsets that will last along time on one charge. I’d give up a super thin phone for better battery life.

  • Shameer Mulji

    That all depends on how power efficient the components in the iPhone 6 are going to be. If they’re more power efficient than iPhone 5S components then battery life may be better than people think.

  • WatDah

    I would think that components should be drawing less power as the tech advances, but the OS itself would use a bit more power as it evolve due to the increasing background services. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be relatively the same as the 5s, which is fine, but hopefully a little better.

  • Al

    hence the “may be” and the “(?)”

  • Al

    Well… as I mentioned, it is “relatively significant”. And that would be true if all other things were equal. But with the increased screen size alone, they clearly aren’t. And the other article clearly didn’t think it through as you don’t know all the factors. So it was wrong for them to declare (elude to) that it would be an actual device operating time increase.

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