iPhone 6 may see only modest battery capacity boost as Apple pursues ultra-slim designs

“Earlier today, the entire Chinese mobile media has started passing along a new rumor concerning the iPhone 6, with several new reports suggesting that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will feature a battery that would measure anywhere between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh,” Mihai Matei reports for G 4 Games.

“As a reminder, the iPhone 5S and 5C both come with a 1,570 mAh battery, so a bump to 1,800 /1,900 mAh sounds pretty alright,” Matei reports. “However, due to the fact that the next-gen iPhone is also expected to pack a larger 4,7-inch display, pretty much every Apple fan in China who has stumbled across this report is now wondering if 1,800 mAh is enough.”

“The same reports have also indicated that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will pack a 2,500 mAh battery. That doesn’t sound bad, but for the sake of having a reference point, we’ll remind you that the LG G3 (which also measures 5.5-inches) draws its power from a 3,000 mAh unit, and that the 5.7 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 makes use of a 3,200 mAh battery,” Matei reports. “Of course, comparing the iPhone with an Android flagship device when it comes to power management is a bit like comparing apples to oranges. Either way, we can’t help but wonder if 1,800 and 2,500 mAh respectively is going to be enough.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There are too many unknowns: The shipping version of iOS 8’s power requirements, Apple’s unreleased A8 efficiencies, etc.

[Attribution: MacRumors. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. Please do not use the old “PC” requirement standard to judge Apple hardware. iOS is smart enough to consume the power nicely and still product great performance at the same time.

    Not like Android and others need a desktop grade i5 chip and tons of ram just to make the scrolling keep up with user’s finger.

    1. Put the numbers where your mouth is. Stress test after stress test show iPhone 5S battery life even with A7 chip , smaller display, fewer cores, and all the optimization in the world is barely on par with mid ranged Android devices and not close to some flagship Android devices. I’m an Apple fan all the way but numbers are numbers and I’m running back to the charger much more frequently than my mates with competing devices. I want a better battery. I’ve never heard an iPhone owner once complained their phone was to thick but many and many would say they’d love a longer lasting battery. Heck we’ve even done internal survey of our 10K employees and the one biggest complaint from the ones web issued iPhones to is battery life. Proof is in the pudding…

  2. > Either way, we can’t help but wonder if 1,800 and 2,500 mAh respectively is going to be enough.

    How moronic… Whatever the actual battery capacity, of course it will be enough. The battery specs are defined specifically to provide the desired battery life in the new design. Apple did not randomly picked battery components off a shelf, and hope that they provide enough power storage capacity. You know, there’s a thing called “testing”… 🙂

    1. There’s also a thing called “technology improves in a year’s time” which can include battery design. But we know it’s too much fun to toss cold water on the hype machine!

      1. Well, they are referring to actual battery power storage capacity, not design. Battery “design” may improve, but “1800 mAh” is still 1800 mAh. The silly speculation is whether a specific capacity is “going to be enough.” YES it will (obviously), because if it’s not enough, Apple would have increased battery capacity and/or changed (or refined) iPhone design reduced draw, so that it IS enough. Apple is not releasing an iPhone with less than expected battery life.

  3. Nonsense claim; iPhone 4.7″ is going to have 27% more internal space than iPhone 5S (9% thinner but 38% more area), and since all of the innards besides the battery are going to be the same tiny size as in iPhone 5S, all of this volume could go to the battery, which is very significant.

  4. Can’t say I understand under what circumstances an iPhone’s glass would ever need to bend that much when the rest of the phone cannot bend at all. Must be just some new spec to turn on the fandroids.

  5. Frankly I can’t understand this obsession with thinness. The iPhone is thin enough already and don’t even get me started with the iMac. It makes me think that Ive is overrated.

    One reason the new Samsung ‘wall huggers’ advert resonates – there’s more than a grain of truth in it.

      1. I agree don’t see any problem from the thinness of my 27inch iMac though if it affects replaceable ram might see a valid criticism on the smaller version. Otherwise the thinness is a massive advantage I can have 2 iMacs on my desk and still have plenty of space available so much better than the old much thicker plastic ones.

        I can understand the argument against thinness for thinness sake on iPhones if it effects battery life but really I can’t take a company like Samsung seriously in the Wall huggers ads when it thinks innovation is a bunch of holes in its nasty plastic cases. I think they would pay Ive almost anything to join them to be honest to get away from that sort of desperate measure.

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