Like most of the changes that have been made to the iPhone through the generations, the improvement in the battery capacity of Apple’s smartphone has been meager at best. Sure, tweaks to the processor and other optimizations have allowed the battery retention to improve, but given that the next-gen handset looks set to include a larger display, NFC and other improvements, there’s no doubt that the battery’s capacity must also increase to cope with the workload. We’ve heard reports that the 4.7-inch model will include a battery of around the 1,900mAh mark, with that number changing dependent on the source, but with around one month to go until the purported announcement, it would appear that the figure may be as high as 2,100mAh.
As per SM-China analyst Sung Chang Xu, the iPhone 6’s battery capacity will be 2,100 mAh, and although this is quite high compared to the iPhone 5s 1,560mAh offering, it’s still considerably lower than what you’ll find inside a competing smartphone.
But, given that the iPhone 5 harbored a 1,440mAh battery, 2,100mAh would represent quite the leap, and with Apple developing software and hardware to operate in perfect harmony with one another, should be more than enough to cope with the demands of a 4.7-inch smartphone running on iOS 8.
Because Apple works on the devices and their operating systems in-house, the likes of the iPhone and iPad are very efficient, and as we’ve also seen on Windows Phone with Lumia handsets, software can still run fluidly even if the resources aren’t necessarily “high-end”.
Xu’s information only pertains to the 4.7-inch variant of the iPhone 6, and although we’ve heard much with regards to a more sizeable, 5.5-inch configuration, it mightn’t hit the market as soon as its smaller counterpart thanks to delays.
The last we heard, the iPhone 6 would be announced on September 9th, with an inevitable release occurring later on in the month. With just a few weeks to go, we’ll soon be able to put months of iPhone 6-related rumors and speculation firmly to bed, and with Samsung expected to counter with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 4 and so-called “Galaxy Alpha” before the purported iPhone 6 unveiling, we’re braced for an exciting couple of weeks in mobile space.
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