The Next iPhone’s Leaked Battery Pack Is Thin, Higher-Capacity And Makes LTE Possible

The Next iPhone’s Leaked Battery Pack Is Thin, Higher-Capacity And Makes LTE Possible

This is the next-gen iPhone’s new battery: a 3.8V 1440mAH lithium-ion pack with a watts-per-hour measurement of 5.45 wHR. Compared to the iPhone 4S’s 1430mAH battery — which runs at 3.7V and has a watts-per-hour measurement of 5.3 — this battery has at least 10% more capacity, making it perfectly possible (and very, very likely) that the iPhone 5 will finally get LTE. It’s also thinner, seemingly confirming that the next iPhone will be the thinnest one yet.

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  • Thunder Dan

    That doesn’t seem like that much more capacity that the 4S battery, and the 4S battery SUCKS!!!! So only a small bump to account for LTE? I imagine LTE is going to be an energy sucker, ad your reports here have indicated as such… I am afraid that Apple was a One Hit Wonder with the battery life in smart phones with iPhone 4, which had awesome battery life for me. I will have to resort to years of retreat at a Buddhist Temple in meditation to get over my disappointment and practice acceptance of this sad new fact of iPhone life.

  • ddevito

    LTE…iPhone, welcome to 2011. :p

    Seriously why did it take so long for the iPhone to join the (real) 4G party?

  • BenE

    “watts-per-hour ” *shudders*

    Also an increase to 5.45 watt-hours from 5.3 is less 3% more capacity.

  • fraydog

    LTE…iPhone, welcome to 2011. :p

    Seriously why did it take so long for the iPhone to join the (real) 4G party?

    Because battery life sucked on the last generation LTE chipsets. Of course I’m not entirely optimistic the battery life will be great either unless there’s some sort of insane gain of battery life on the MDM9615 28nm LTE chipset. The 4S wasn’t great for battery life without LTE, imagine how awful the battery would be if it had LTE.

  • Steffen Jobbs

    Who cares about that larger battery? The Samsung Galaxy S III has a removable battery that lasts just as long and you can replace it before it goes dead. 10% more life is nearly nothing for an iPhone. Apple’s decision to make their batteries non-replaceable was a very poor choice and would only make sense if they had better battery tech than every other company. They don’t. That’s where Apple should be spending money. Getting the tech to increase battery life by 40% to 50%. Building thin smartphones with poor battery life makes very little sense.

  • fraydog

    Who cares about that larger battery? The Samsung Galaxy S III has a removable battery that lasts just as long and you can replace it before it goes dead. 10% more life is nearly nothing for an iPhone. Apple’s decision to make their batteries non-replaceable was a very poor choice and would only make sense if they had better battery tech than every other company. They don’t. That’s where Apple should be spending money. Getting the tech to increase battery life by 40% to 50%. Building thin smartphones with poor battery life makes very little sense.

    Conforming to what Android phone makers are doing for the sake of conformity is exactly the wrong thing for Apple to do. I just love it when people who have no clue of what makes Apple tick comment about Apple. If they make the phone bigger, it will done in a manner that doesn’t sacrifice usability. The 4.8″ GS3 is almost impossible to use with one hand unless you have mega-sized paws. As far as the removable battery, that makes the phone itself bigger. Samsung could have had a much thinner phone if they just made the correct engineering choice, but they didn’t. They had to cater to the overly technically obsessed, PC user mentality that flowed over to Android. The correct design choices make things simpler, they don’t make things more complex. I just get silly infuriated when people who have no clue about design or engineering foam at the mouth that Apple should do this or that. Do yourself a favor and try to educate yourself on what makes Apple tick and maybe you won’t come off looking like such idiots.

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