Purported leak of 4.7-inch iPhone 6 battery capacity good news for users

“A report last week revealed iPhone 6 battery details, suggesting that Apple’s 2014 iPhone models may offer similar or even better battery performance as last year’s iPhones, as they will have slightly bigger batteries,” Chris Smith reports for BGR. “The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 was expected to have a battery capacity of 1,800 mAh to 1,900 mAh, while the phablet version of the handset was said to have a 2,500 mAh battery”

“Now, French publication Nowhereelse has obtained an image of the purported 4.7-inch iPhone 6’s battery, which may confirm that the battery has a capacity in line with previous reports,” Smith reports. “The image shows a battery assembled in China by Huizhou Desay Battery, which has 1,810 mAh capacity.”

“What’s interesting about the battery maker is that Desay was mentioned in a recent report as one of Apple’s iPhone 6 battery suppliers that’s able to meet the company’s size requirements for this component,” Smith reports. “This could be particularly good news in light of the fact that improved battery life, not screen size, is users’ most most sought-after feature in the iPhone 6, according to a recent survey.”

Read more in the full article here.

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21 Comments

  1. I don’t know why the iPhones have to be so thin at the expense of battery life. The LG G3 has a 5.5 inch display, and a removable back that allows you to swap out 3000mAh batteries. The phone also takes micro SD cards of up to 128gb capacity each. That is what I would like for at least the 5.5 inch iPhone, instead of a super-thin sealed iPhone with a smaller battery and no micro SD cards.

    1. I am open to the idea of providing a microSD slot on a future iPhone, particularly the 5.5″ version which will fundamentally represent a crossover between phone and tablet. Built-in iPhone memory is costly and currently constrained to 64 GB maximum, so access to microSD storage would be welcome to many.

      A removable battery comes at a cost which Apple has deemed to be unfavorable. The still not officially announced 5.5″ iPhone 6 is rumored to have a 2500 mAh battery, which is about 16.6% smaller than the 3000 mAh battery that you identified for the 5.5″ LG G3. But Apple has generally been successful at squeezing more performance out of less. I would be willing to bet that you will need to swap in that second 3000 mAh battery into the LG G3 well before the 2500 mAh battery in Apple’s 5.5″ iPhone 6 runs out.

      1. Apple is about ease of use. How should the phone behave when the user removes the SD card that has part of an app on it, or some of the needed data to run an app?

        1. That is a pretty lame complaint for a 53-year-old person. Why would an app be split between the microSD card and the built-in iPhone memory? Apple file management would know better than that. And why would Apple or Apple users have any trouble handling the “complexity” of removable storage? I suspect that Apple could make it work just fine.

          I remember having to do the “floppy dance” to copy a 5-1/4″ diskette in the old days using DOS. I think that most people can handle removable storage media since the approach is nearly ubiquitous in digital cameras, portable gaming devices, etc.

          KingMel just said that he was open to the idea of being able to double the iPhone storage capacity for $30. I agree. I could see putting my music library on a 64GB microSD and saving the faster memory built into the iPhone for apps and app data. While on travel, I might carry another 64GB microSD with a dozen or two movies, TV shows, etc., to watch on the plane. I could easily swap that out for the music microSD.

          I don’t know why this forum has become so negative against people who are willing to discuss different ideas. Apple is about “thinking different,” not maintaining the status quo.

    2. I’m not totally against a microSD slot, but keep in mind it can lead to potential problems. Right now, all data on an iOS device first as to go through Apple, the App Store, or some other Apple software before it can reach the device – making it very safe. If it had a microSD slot, data could be written to it from any device, making it a potential gateway for malware and piracy. Even a “brand new” microSD card could be sold with malware hidden on it designed to infect smart phones (I think there’s cases of that happening to android phones.)

      Apple might be able engineer ways to microSD cards secure, but they are cleverly avoiding many potential problems by not including microSD cards. With storage getting progressively cheaper, and iCloud expanding, it makes some sense to keep storage on iOS the way it is now.

      1. I am not so sure that Apple is being “clever” about this. But, if Apple boosts the base RAM in the iPhone to at least 32GB and makes 128GB or more available for a reasonable price, then it really doesn’t matter than much.

        I still think that the idea of including a microSD card slot is reasonable. You are entitled to your opinion.

  2. Apple’s A-series of ARM-based CPUs has continued to improve in terms of performance vs. power and Apple has implemented the M7 coprocessor and other techniques to improve efficiency. But the larger 4.7″ and 5.5″ displays rumored for the iPhone 6 will likely draw more power. The iPhone 5s has a 1560 mAh battery. So the 1810 mAh battery in the 4.7″ version of the iPhone 6 represents a 16% increase in capacity. The 2500 mAh battery in the rumored 5.5″ version of the iPhone 6 represents a whopping 60.3% increase in capacity.

    If Apple has managed to maintain or increase battery life in the iPhone 6 relative to the 5s while increasing the display size and keeping it thin and light, then no competitor’s “flagship” smartphone will come close to the iPhone 6.

  3. I’d much rather carry a 10-20,000mAh battery with two USB ports that I can also use to charge my Lumix camera battery with, my iPad, my Mini-X speakers…
    And who wants to risk carrying a minuscule SDXC card that is so incredibly easy to lose?
    Give me a 128Gb iPhone and I’ll be a happy bunny.

  4. Hang on so the report that gave those capacities suggested it was something of a disappointment as there would be little or no improvement in battery life. This story seems to confirm a size towards the smaller capacity end of that report yet presents it as good news.

  5. Why are some people so obsessed with the new iPhone’s battery? Apple is not going to intentionally design it with a battery that is insufficient. BY DESIGN (and through testing), its battery will have sufficient storage capacity to meet the expected battery life for an iPhone.

    1. We are obsessed because battery life matters. Current iPhones have a bad battery life, so are you saying Apple believes their phones do not need a longer life?

      1. The iPhone 5s specs state the expectations for battery life. Reviews I’ve read say battery life is as expected (or better), and that Apple found a good balance between battery life and battery size (overall size/thickness of device). Apple could have doubled the battery size, and made the iPhone 50% thicker and heavier, but that’s not what most customers want. What most customers want is what Apple designs, and the battery is designed and tested to meet those expectations. No need to obsess over it… 🙂

    2. Because Samsung’s latest commercials aimed at the iPhone attempts to create the impression that the iPhone battery poor compared to Samsung phones.
      A clever piece of FUD that skates around the battery problems Android users have.

  6. 1810 mAh is not adequate if Apple continues to add more and more tracking, beacons, and sensors to drain the battery even when the user is not actively using it. Apple needs BOTH to offer superior battery life AND better user control over individual battery drains.

    1. “…better user control over individual battery drains.”
      Great idea! They could add user controls to let us individually turn off the cellular radio, wifi, bluetooth, location tracking…oh wait, they already have…

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