iPhone 6 May See Only Modest Battery Capacity Boost as Apple Pursues Ultra-Slim Designs

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A recent survey suggests consumers are looking forward to improved battery life as well as a bigger screen in the iPhone 6. But according to Chinese media reports (via GforGames), Apple's next-generation iPhone may disappoint with a lower-than-expected battery capacity that will provide only a slight boost from the battery used in the iPhone 5s.

    Chinese media sources claim the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 will ship with a battery between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will include a 2,500 mAh battery. Though larger than the 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s, these modest capacity increases place Apple behind competitors with similar sized handsets, and leave some wondering if Apple is keeping the battery too small in order to design an ultra-slim device. The larger screens on the iPhone 6 will naturally create more volume for larger batteries while maintaining a slim profile, but the displays themselves are likely to require increased battery to support the higher resolutions.

    Of course, these rumored battery capacities for the iPhone provide only part of the equation, with Apple's tight software-hardware integration also contributing to overall battery life. It is also possible that real-world battery life may be better than these speculated hardware specs imply due to underlying performance improvements added to iOS 8.

    Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 during a September media event. The company may debut both a 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch version that could feature a faster A8 processor, an upgraded Touch ID scanner and an improved camera with some form of image stabilization.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 May See Only Modest Battery Capacity Boost as Apple Pursues Ultra-Slim Designs
  2. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
  3. adamw macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
    We need more battery life please. Perhaps Apple has some battery optimization tricks coming...
  4. dixido macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2010
    Apple should really get their priorities straight. :confused:
  5. Menopause macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2011
    Now this makes me sad, Apple. Current iOS devices are thin enough. Better battery >>> Any thinner.
  6. DavidBlack macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2013
    Somewhere In Apple's HQ ;)
    At least it's bigger. I rather have a thick phone with great battery life then a thin phone and bad battery life. (Not saying that the iPhone battery is bad by any means) Guess Samsung already knew this due to the ad they posted a few days ago. With that being said battery life will always be a problem with smartphones. Just like storage it's never "enough" for some people.
  7. hemanwomanhater macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2010
    Do they really need to be any slimmer than they already are?
  8. Cali Fornia macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2012
    Vienna, Austria
    One must not forget that the A8 will most likely be more energy-efficient and the display will also most likely not use up all the additional battery capacity.
    Especially 2500mAh sounds quite promising actually.
  9. Delorean2006 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2012
    this better now be true, thats honestly just pathetic on apple's part, i don't care on how efficient the processor is and how the software handles processing, battery life is still going to suck with those extremely small capacities, for once Apple be smart and just give us a giant battery in our phones like we've wanted from the beginning
  10. noob17 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2006
    not the full story

    Don't worry guys... this isn't the whole story...

    yes capacity maybe modestly improved... but the software tweaks they will implement in the ios 8 gold master will dramatically improve battery life.
  11. ignatiushk macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2014
    In your dreams
    I'd rather want a 8.9mm thick iPhone 6 with a 3000mah battery. I don't think it will happen.
  12. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
  13. SilianRail macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2011
    Pretty much this. Never heard of a single person criticize the thickness of a iPhone. And I know toolbag dudes that wear skinny jeans.
  14. OreoMuncher macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2013

    How stubborn do they need to be. More battery = More Use = More iTunes Purchases, More App Downloads, More iAd views = Happy Customers = More money for them...:mad:
  15. cameronjpu macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2007
  16. alirz macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2011
  17. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Given the new TSA regulations about requiring phones to have charge to be allowed on flights, I can see alot of these phones ending their lives being blown up in remote sand bunkers.
  18. Cole Slaw macrumors 6502a

    Cole Slaw

    Oct 6, 2006
    Thinner above everything else.
    Please go away, Mr. Ives.
  19. TallGuyGT macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2011
    As iPhones become more powerful and capable, I'm spending more and more time on it during the day. I expect that will increase when the iPhone 6 with a larger screen is released.

    I really like thin devices, but I need an iPhone that will last a full day with heavy usage. I'm not always able to charge by late afternoon, and I shouldn't have to anyway.

    iPhone 6 hasn't been released yet obviously, so I hope we're pleasantly surprised.
  20. teknishn macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2006
    Id take this with a grain of salt until we see the product. Let's not forget the new A8 will also be much less power hungry at 20nm vs the current 28nm A7.
  21. woodekm macrumors 65816


    Feb 24, 2008
    So the iPhone 7s sell will be better battery!
  22. Bhatu macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2013
    This September iPhone 6 will be launched - in an envelope! :|
  23. toughboy macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    Exactly why I will not be buying another iPhone after my last 5 iPhones.. Sad.. :(
  24. DavidBlack macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2013
    Somewhere In Apple's HQ ;)
    Lol, that Ad had a great point but, it was executed poorly.
  25. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2010
    Well, i'm sure there will be plenty of accessory makers that will have a CASE/BATTERY combo available in no time.

    If the phone is really thin, it won't become too bulky with the battery addon...

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