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

iphone_5s_batteryA 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.

Related roundups: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6

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8 weeks ago
Apple should really get their priorities straight. :confused:
Rating: 71 Votes
8 weeks ago
Yay!

Said no one ever.
Rating: 63 Votes
8 weeks ago
Now this makes me sad, Apple. Current iOS devices are thin enough. Better battery >>> Any thinner.
Rating: 47 Votes
8 weeks ago
Thinner above everything else.
Please go away, Mr. Ives.
Rating: 27 Votes
8 weeks ago
"The iPhone is thin enough as it is!"

As soon as you pick up an iPhone 6 when it's released you'll change your minds, just like you have done every other year since 2007.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 weeks ago

Yay!

Said no one ever.

Pretty much this. Never heard of a single person criticize the thickness of a iPhone. And I know toolbag dudes that wear skinny jeans.
Rating: 19 Votes
8 weeks ago
Do they really need to be any slimmer than they already are?
Rating: 18 Votes
8 weeks ago
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:
Rating: 15 Votes
8 weeks ago
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.
Rating: 14 Votes
8 weeks ago
Wall hugging again? I hope not! :rolleyes:
Rating: 13 Votes

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