Claimed photo of next-gen iPhone battery surfaces

By , Aug 10, 2012

The new iPhone, which is expected to be unveiled next month, is rumored to include a long list of enhancements. A larger screen, LTE-compatibility, and a faster processor are all on the menu for possible features.

But amidst all of these new components, the question of battery life arises. The iPhone 4S is frequently criticized for its poor battery, so wouldn’t adding all of these things make it worse? Not necessarily…

The photo above, which was obtained by known part-finder Sonny Dickson and published by 9to5Mac, is of what’s believed to be the new iPhone’s battery. It’s rated at 1440 mAh, up from the 1430 mAh model found in the 4S, and also has a higher voltage. And according to the label, it was just made back in June.

While these details make a compelling argument that this is indeed the new iPhone’s battery, there’s no way to confirm it. As the site points out, due to the small jump in capacity, this could be a tweaked battery for a retooled 4S (like they did with the iPhone 4 last year), or a worthless part from a scrapped prototype.

But if it is the real deal — the new battery for the sixth-generation iPhone — then Apple has their work cut out for them. The expected 4-inch screen contains more pixels than its predecessor, which means more power, and LTE, which is also practically a given feature at this point, is also a known battery-killer.

So does that mean we’ll all have to continue to endure battery problems with the new iPhone? Not likely. Advancements in low-powered processors and LTE chipsets will help to offset the consumption of the larger display and additional features. But unless Apple has a trick, or a bigger battery, up its sleeves, we’re not expecting anything spectacular as far as battery life in the upcoming handset.

So many questions, so little answers. September 12 can’t come soon enough.

What are your thoughts on battery life? Will it be a deciding factor in whether you get the new iPhone or not?

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  • Saleh

    Fake
    APPLE not that stupid to make a 1440 mAh on an A5X & 4 inch screen & LTE network
    R u serious ?
    Its not even the deference of the size
    I think the new iPhone battery will be a 1840 mAh

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Cannan/100000630162509 Steven Cannan

      Don’t think it’s fake it’s def there I see it maybe that’s why u got down lol

  • http://twitter.com/Mkhan1544 Muhammad Khan

    September 12th needs to get here quicker or else I’m going to explode from anticipation

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck willie

    I’m not waiting for them to leak a new A5 chip or processor to believe everything is real

  • http://twitter.com/enigmadim Just Another Enigma

    Battery life, for me, is definitely a much needed issue to be fixed. Maybe it’s NOT an issue? Maybe Apple didn’t intend the phone to be USED every single second of the day. Well, I use it pretty much every second of the day because it does everything I want it do. I’m really hoping the battery life gets better. And it’s definitely a deciding factor. I won’t rush to get one. I’ll wait a couple of months to see peoples reactions etc.

  • Manuel Molina

    I am not buying this phone if this is true. If the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx can give people 21.5 hours of talk time with an LTE chip in their phone, (a phone that does not have a removeable battery and seals their battery in like Apple’s iPhone) then why can’t Apple do the same with their battery? Specs on the phone are greater than the iPhone 4S and this new iPhone, so Apple can’t fail with the battery or most will jump ships since the poor 4S battery is an issue for me, too.

    • Obsidian71

      You don’t know “most”. Just speak for yourself. You don’t have to try and make it sound like everyone thinks just like you. I do think battery life is an issue in the 4s but it’s not the kind of issue that would lead to some mass exodus.

      • Manuel Angel

        Most wouldn’t mean everyone. It would mean the general population – not all. And in truth, you would have to be a moron if you decided to buy a phone that is planning to use twice or almost triple the amount from the previous model phone ( the Phone 4S), yet still keep the same battery or give it a 10% increase.

        As I said, “most” people will jump ships because we went from crappy battery life on the 3G, 3GS, than great battery on the iPhone 4, back to bad on the 4S, and I don’t know anyone who would tolerate a horrible battery to an “upgraded” phone. That makes zero sense. So try another way to sound be an ass – you might win a prize.

  • Kok Hean

    It doesn’t matter because we all know that the battery life is going to be crap anyway.

    • Obsidian71

      Speak for yourself. I’m not co-signing ignorance.

      • Kok Hean

        I was joking…

      • Obsidian71

        my bad. Carry on :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604885391 Richard Borkovec

    With that minor of a jump in power, this is probably the battery for the retooled 4S that’ll be lowered in price/storage when the new iPhone comes out. Apple’s not that stupid to put that low of a battery when they know everyone is expecting good battery life out of the new iPhone.

  • http://twitter.com/HiTekkSteff Stephaughn Alston

    I just don’t see this as being true, it’s hard too believe that with 4G LTE & a bigger screen that they would basically keep the battery the same. I’m not trying too turn this into a war but I’ve seen some VERY thin Samsung phones out there that have 1750MAH batteries. Of course if this does hold true than I’ll have too be like Steve Wozniak and carry a 2nd phone!

  • Alec Vanek

    Looks like everything is adding up to a 4 inch screen.

  • http://www.GoldenGateDomains.com/ Golden Gate Domains

    No, I’m sure the battery life will be adequate for daily use. I’m at either the office, my vehicle or my home – all three locations I have a charger available.

    The only time I foresee stress over battery life is when I take a vacation, and that may not be a big deal as I’m trying to get away anyways…. :-)