4.7-inch iPhone 6 could boast 2,100 mAh capacity battery

It looks like a full battery, but with your new iPad, looks can be deceiving.

Battery life is one of the perceived iPhone weaknesses that rival manufacturers have often used to beat Apple over the head with – with both Samsung and BlackBerry dismissing iPhone owners as “wall huggers” because of the so-called short battery life of their iOS devices.

That may be about to change, however, with ESM-China analyst Sung Chang Xu (the same person who suggested that the iPhone 6 would come with a range of new sensors) claiming that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will sport a battery with a 2,100 mAh capacity, instead of the meagre 1,810 mAh unit previously reported.

While leaked pictures have shown a 1,810 mAh battery for the device, Sung Chang Xu claims that sources have told him that this battery was for testing purposes only, and will be replaced for the final production iPhone 6.

Like any rumor, there’s no way we’ll know for sure what Apple is planning until the iPhone 6 is finally unveiled (something that is expected to happen September 9). However, few users would complain if Apple decides to augment what is already sounding like the most exciting iPhone redesign in years with a longer-lasting battery under the hood.

This notable ramp-up in battery life from the 1,560 mAh battery seen in the current generation iPhone 5s might also make sense of rumors that Apple was having trouble finding battery makers able to meet its iPhone 6 demands – which it eventually solved by bringing in three new suppliers to work on the next generation smartphone.

There’s no word from Sung Chang Xu on the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6, which has previously been reported as boasting a 2,500 mAh battery. While similarly-sized devices like the LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pack 3,000 mAh and 3,200 mAh batteries, Apple’s tighter control over battery performance with iOS 8 means that the iPhone 6 could still come out on top.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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