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.

  • Glenn Gore

    But will this battery capacity upgrade be negated by the increase in screen size as was the case when the iPhone 5 was released with its bigger screen? The 5 got no better battery life than the 4S. I will gladly deal with a slightly thicker iPhone if it means the battery will last more than 8 hours before seeking out a charger. It seems consumers have been saying this for years but Apple and the other manufacturers have been completely ignoring this fact for their quest to have a thin phone, all the while saying they “listen” and want to give consumers “what they want”.

    • Adam

      I much prefer having a thinner phone, and a battery pack slice to compensate for the battery life.

      • Glenn Gore

        And deal with the fact that battery pack covers up the glass antenna ports and the metal inside cuts the signal-grabbing capacity of the phone by a significant percentage? No thanks, those of us who live in areas of weaker signals need every dB of signal we can get. Not all the carriers have all their territory blanketed with enough towers to assure that everyone has plenty of signal to work with, so we have to be careful about what add-ons we put on our phones.

      • onlymiah

        I agree. I live in an area where I get one and two bars at most and I need all the battery life I can get! I despise this “thin” trend. How thin is too thin? Do we have to be able to floss our teeth with our cell phone?

      • Adam

        Phones are thin enough as-is. All I’m saying is, I don’t want to see the phones get bulky just to increase battery life. If I know I’m going to be in a situation where I absolutely need the battery life, I will bring a battery pack.

      • Michael Ramputi

        But you saying you’d rather have a thinner phone and than attaching a battery pack case isn’t that the same thing? I don’t understand why these companies keep trying to go thinner. Make it a little fatter and slap a nice fuckin battery in there. What’s so hard? Why do they need to be thinner? The 5s is plenty thin already !

    • PMB01

      My 5S lasts an entire day easily. The battery life concerns are greatly exaggerated.

  • Adam Estep

    2100 does not resolve the battery issue. With a 4.7 inch screen, you need at least 2500, but if you want to stand out, then you should go 3000+.

  • jch

    There’s more to battery life than the screen size. With every generation components become more efficient, smaller and use less power. We’re now seeing sensor components that operate on nanoamps. If you only need a fraction of a millionth of an amp, it leaves a lot of battery to run a larger screen. And that’s not saying the larger screen of today might not require the same or less power than the screen in the previous generation.

    • Glenn Gore

      This is quite true, components do use less power than ever before. They have to, because as phones have gotten thinner and thinner, the space available for a battery has shrunk. Today’s batteries are much better than they used to be, and they have to be as well because they are powering more hardware from less space. The end result of both these trends is that phones have no better daily battery life than they did a few years ago. I had to charge my 2007 original iPhone before the day was out, and the same is true today with my 5S, even though my 5S has lots more functions, systems and radios in it than that original iPhone did. Essentially battery life has not changed for the better.

      • PMB01

        You must not live in an area with decent signal. Or you’re on Verizon lol

      • Glenn Gore

        AT&T sad to say. They have never blessed this town with anything better than EDGE and their 4G craps out just outside of town. Unless the moon and stars are aligned just right and you can get a dot or 2 of 4G, EDGE is all you get, so anything that blocks the antenna ports on an iPhone or whatever is not a good thing. Verizon is coming to the rescue, though, via a regional provider who’s in their LTE in Rural America program. They are building several LTE sites that will take care of the situation. But I still want a battery that lasts 24 hours.

      • PMB01

        The only difference you might see will be if they put enough towers. Verizon’s network uses up more battery life just on its own. You’d be much better off if it were T-Mobile doing it.

      • Glenn Gore

        No chance of that, T-Mobile only has GPRS and EDGE for 100 miles around here. That’s not a service I would sign up for at all.

      • PMB01

        What I meant was that you’d be better off if it were T-Mobile putting towers out there, not Verizon. Not just because they are cheaper, but because their customers are known to have better battery life. I had Verizon until about 5 months ago and the only phone that had better battery life than my current 5S was my original Razr V3c! My coverage is better and data speeds are faster (live in SoCal).

      • Glenn Gore

        T-Mobile phones have great battery life here because there’s no data service to suck power for, LOL. I’ve heard that people get better battery life on T-Mobile, which I find unusual since they use higher frequencies that don’t have as good building penetration, etc as lower frequencies do. I’ve always been curious as to why that is. Be that as it may, I do long for the all-week life I got with my old V3c like yours, man that thing would last forever! I still have it, fire it up once in a while for old time’s sake. It still sees the local CDMA carrier’s old 1x network.

      • PMB01

        A study was just done that shows T-Mobile phones getting better battery life so I don’t say that just based off my own experience.

        My reception on T-Mobile is better than it ever was with Verizon, especially inside buildings. My LTE is faster and more consistent. My phone actually has decent coverage in my house to use the hotspot feature if I need to. I could barely do anything on my Verizon phones at home because the coverage wasn’t good until I actually stepped outside. My parents have the same issue with Sprint, which is why they have an Airave now. Verizon penetrating buildings better is a myth.

  • TeeJay1100

    I wouldn’t look forward to a 2100 mah battery, but if so great. Apple needs to make a solid bigger battery for this size. The 5s battery didn’t do so well.

    It seems the mentality is making it thinner thinner thinner

    • PMB01

      What are you talking about? My 5S lasts a full day easily. The battery complaints are greatly exaggerated.

      • TeeJay1100

        The battery complaints are real. Maybe not yours but the battery does suck. Every reviewer would disagree with you.

      • PMB01

        Not really. Try actually using one.

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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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