Will we ever have battery access?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EW800, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    I made the switch from BB when the iPhone 5 came out and am so glad that I made the switch, however one thing I really miss is being able to swap out batteries, if necessary. Anyone think Apple will ever give this to us? I would think they would love the opportunity to sell extra batteries to us!
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    I hope not.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just curious, why do you hope not?
     
  4. macrumors 68000

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    Battery technology is improving and manufacturers are moving away from the replaceable battery. Battery covers just make phones look cheap.
     
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    AlphaDogg

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    Adds bulk.
     
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    dontwalkhand

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    Exactly. I have never seen a battery cover actually made from quality materials
     
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    numberforty1

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    100% agree with this
     
  8. macrumors 601

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    According to history, NEVER.
     
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    ChristianJapan

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  10. macrumors 6502

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    I hope this video explains some questions about Apple's battery designs and technology.

    http://youtu.be/w6lLdFxiZPc



    Just like everyone else, when I first read the specs about the IP5's hardware along with the 1440mAh battery, nothing makes sense at all until some 3rd party iPhone parts dealer puts the IP5's logic board under a microscope and confirms all the chipsets nm specs.

    If you compare the CPUs, GPUs, the size of the phone, size of the screen, the multi region LTE bands, the battery life and look at the benchmark results, no other manufacture comes close. After all that, look at how smooth iOS runs and how efficient battery life can be with heavy usage in a "strong signal area"

    Imagine if Apple made a massive 5.5" phone, Quad Core CPU & GPU, 2GB RAM and accompanied with a 3000mAh battery? It would be 2-3x faster then the Note 2, last 2-3x longer and perform 2-3x faster. Android needs all that horse power just to stay a live with all their manufacture skins, blotware and sketchy OS builds.

    My iPhone 3G still runs very strong on the original battery, it's all about how condition the battery and your signal strengths plays a major role on battery life. Apple should stay away from dev a new form of battery material, if they did that they would blow all their money in R&D like Nokia and end up like Nokia, making prototype phones that will never see the light of day.
     
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    JS82712

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    No.
     
  12. macrumors 6502a

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    You all know the 4/4S back panel was pretty much a battery cover secured by screws right?
     
  13. macrumors member

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    One of the reasons for not allowing battery access is that Apple wants everyone to replace the entire phone after about 2 years (typical battery life)--so no I doubt we'll ever see iPhone with battery access.
     
  14. macrumors 68020

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    I hope not, because imo it makes the device look and feel cheap. I once dropped my old blackberry and the batt. door broke, wouldn't go back on. Had to use it all tacky for a week. :cool:
     
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    Jordan921

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    Yes but you couldn't just swap the battery easily as you could with other devices.

    And no we will never have battery access to easily change out the battery.
     
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    Like the rest said above.
    Looks like the industry is going the other way.
    So instead we will see less and less user replaceble batteries.
    I hope we will finally come across some revolutionary battery concept that lasts way longer than todays standars, charges faster and lives longer.
     
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    ucfgrad93

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    It doesn't look like it. As others have said, most phones are moving away from it.
     
  18. macrumors 68000

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    And you don't always have to make a bigger battery. You make the phone more energy efficient. Less power hungry chip, More efficient LTE, A screen that consumes less power and so on. Why improve the battery, if you can improve the hardware. You can double, and triple the battery life by making the phone's operating hardware and software more efficient.
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    Landfills are already full of ancient battery technology.
     
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    rw3

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    No.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Doubt it.
     
  22. macrumors 68020

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    In all my years with iPod/iPad/iPhone I can say that personally I have never had a battery issue.

    My niece had an issue with a very old iPod and Apple made it right for her.
     
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    sulpfiction

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    Get a mophie battery case to fill ur void. They work well, but just look ugly and bulky.
     
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    MistahMumford

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    I see no reason to allow battery access as I don't see a need for it. iOS does a great job of power mgmt.
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

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    Take a look at the back of the iPhone 5. Now assuming that removable battery is a desirable feature, how would you add one without making it thicker and introduce gaps, creak, etc. It is a huge challenge with questionable benefit.

    I used to have Palm phones with removable battery. The only time I ever removed the battery was to access the reset button. I did later on found a use for it: turn out there was enough of a gap between the battery and its cover to keep a folded $20 bill for emergency. The added bill also help keeps the battery cover from creaking.

    I don't miss removable batteries and the compromises they entail.
     

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