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French site Nowhereelse.fr last week shared a photo [Google Translate] of a battery appearing very similar to an iPhone battery and labeled as being from Apple's usual supplier, but the battery's capacity of 1715 mAh leaves questions as to whether the battery is intended for the upcoming "iPhone 6s" or a smaller "iPhone 6c" that has reportedly been delayed or canceled.

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The battery's 1715 mAh capacity is lower than the 1810 mAh capacity of the iPhone 6 battery, indicating Apple would have to have increased power efficiency of the device for the "S" generation in order to achieve the same battery life as its predecessor. Given the consistent overall design of the iPhone 6 and 6s, it is unclear why Apple would reduce the battery capacity at all, unless other changes such as a thicker display panel needed for Force Touch support are reducing the internal volume available for the battery in the iPhone 6s.

Another option is that this battery is for Apple's rumored "iPhone 6c", which was reportedly a new 4-inch iPhone Apple had under development but which appeared to have been canceled or delayed earlier this year after supply chain evidence dried up. The battery in today's photo carries a manufacturing date of March 2015, so it does come from the timeframe when iPhone 6c claims were still circulating, although its capacity is higher than that of fellow 4-inch devices such as the iPhone 5s (1558 mAh) and iPhone 5c (1510 mAh).

One argument in favor of this being an iPhone 6s battery is the connector seen on the part, which appears essentially identical to the one seen on the iPhone 6 and distinct from that used on other iPhone models such as the 5s and 5c, but it is otherwise difficult to say what device this battery was planned for.

With roughly a month to go before the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, part leaks are rapidly accelerating. Many of them will not reveal much given the similarities between the two generation's designs, but some subtle differences such as those on the display assembly may hint at changes for the upcoming device.

(Thanks, Ryan)

Article Link: iPhone Battery With 1715 mAh Capacity Possibly Destined for 'iPhone 6s' or '6c' Appears
 

Trik

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Obviously they won't change the physical dimensions of the iPhone 6s (beyond what will fit in current cases), so it makes the most sense that the battery is smaller because they needed more room for force touch. That being said, iOS 9 better be amazing at battery efficiency. Just putting in a low power mode is not a good enough reason to give us a smaller battery.
 

Rogifan

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Obviously they won't change the physical dimensions of the iPhone 6s (beyond what will fit in current cases), so it makes the most sense that the battery is smaller because they needed more room for force touch. That being said, iOS 9 better be amazing at battery efficiency. Just putting in a low power mode is not a good enough reason to give us a smaller batter.
How do we know this battery is for the 6S?
 

Trik

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How do we know this battery is for the 6S?

We don't of course, it may not be. All conjecture, but it's not unheard of for apple to shrink a battery while making the device more energy efficient, thereby keeping overall battery life the same. The problem with smaller battery is room for error. When some app crashes, or does something stupid (including Apple native apps), and it starts to suck the life of the battery, all those efficiencies go out the window, and it just means your phone is going to die much quicker with a smaller battery.
 

ghost187

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Ugh, I'm gonna be forced to buy the Plus. I love everything about my iPhone 6 except it's horrible battery life, and I didn't want to put a battery case on it, because I'd rather just get the plus than. I was really looking forward to 1~2 additional hours of battery because A9 will be more power efficient moving to 14nms. I hope the 6s plus comes with a Macy's gift card so I can buy new jeans that accommodate a phablet.
 

neuropsychguy

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what is apples obsession in getting the phone as thin as possible? I can't be the only one that would take a semi decent battery life over a few mm of thickness!?

My iPhone 6 has great battery life. I've gone down to just under 10% battery remaining after a day of heavy use but most days I'm rarely under 30%. I like the continued efforts to make the phones thinner and lighter.
 

Mr Fusion

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Obviously they won't change the physical dimensions of the iPhone 6s (beyond what will fit in current cases), so it makes the most sense that the battery is smaller because they needed more room for force touch. That being said, iOS 9 better be amazing at battery efficiency. Just putting in a low power mode is not a good enough reason to give us a smaller battery.
There is no justification for smaller or equal sized batteries. None. Their obsession with thinness has already reached a dimension beyond logic.

Software can only do so much. I sometimes mistake my battery percentage for a timer. The only advice ever given regarding saving power is to use your phone less. Ugh...

BIGGER BATTERY. NOW.

But wait, it's an "S" year we can't dare touch the form factor, precedence has already been set...

This is why I hate Apple. As soon as the 6 was leaked, my first impression was, "Great, two full years of being stuck with this **** design."

Grow a pair Apple and do something unexpected for once. FIX THE BATTERY!!!
 
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