Rumor: 4.7-inch iPhone 6 has 2,100mAh battery

By , Aug 6, 2014

iPhone 6 battery (NowhereElse 003, teaser)

As Apple gears up to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9, rumors of the handset’s battery capacity have been picking up steam lately, especially in light of Samsung’s anti-iPhone ‘Wall Huggers’ advertisement which slams the handset’s inadequate battery module.

We’ve already shown you images of a purported 1,810 mAh iPhone 6 battery and now one analyst has reopened the topic, alleging that a 4.7-inch variant will have a bigger 2,100mAh module versus a 1,570mAh battery found inside the iPhone 5s/5c…

According to ESM-China analyst Sung Chang Xu quoted by GforGames, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 variant will pack in the stronger 2,100mAh battery.

The iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c both feature a meager 1,570mAh battery so the rumored 2,100 mAh component would translate into a 33 percent boost in battery capacity.

As for the recently leaked 1,810 mAh part, it was actually a test unit that will be replaced for the final production iPhone 6, said the analyst.

Reportedly, the 1,810 mAh battery we’ve seen in the aforementioned leaked picture is as real as it can be, but according to Sung Chang Xu’s sources, these units have been used solely for testing purposes. As such, the final product could be launched with a meatier 2,100 mAh unit under the hood.

Note the use of “could”.

The usual caveat applies here: you’re advised to take the claim with a few pinches of salt. Even GforGames is unsure about the veracity of the source, cautioning that “we can’t confirm or refute these claims”.

As a reminder, the same analyst back in March claimed the iPhone 6 would come with a slew of new sensors for measuring air pressure, temperature and humidity.

By comparison, devices such as LG’s G3 and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 pack in a 3,000 mAh and 3,200 mAh battery, respectively. The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 2,800 mAh battery and the HTC One M8 packs in a 2,600 mAh unit.

Here’s Samsung’s recent Galaxy S5 ad that I mentioned earlier.

Keep in mind that only Apple is able to exercise super tight control over the design and manufacture of its hardware and software. That being said, the iPhone 6 and its energy efficient iOS 8 software could easily provide a much longer runtime than the battery capacity alone would have you believe.

iOS 8 includes technologies that help extend battery life, such as a new section in the Settings app that lists energy consumption on a per-app basis, helping you detect and disable battery-hog software.

How important a longer-lasting battery is to you in terms of new iPhone 6 features?

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  • DIesel

    Very VERY important. If there isn’t jaw-dropping innovation in a new model, there better be a significant increase in usability

    • Manuel Molina

      Agree. I was hoping for 2400 at most. Apple wants to keep the phone thin though, so I figure this new claim and their improvements to their iOS will help.

      Only consideration I’m thinking mostly on is adaptors to iOS 8 with iPhone 5’s and iPhone 5S’s. I’m sure the battery drain will be significant to ensure people upgrade to a newer device.

      • DIesel

        At the end of the day though if the iPhone stays the same thickness as the 5(s) I wouldn’t care. Sure I wouldn’t mind something sleeker but not at the expense of any productivity improvements

  • Ricky

    “energy efficient iOS 8 software could easily provide a much longer runtime than the battery capacity alone would have you believe.” meh. i never feel any increase of bettery life for older generation of iphone when i update my iPhone. in fact, i feel my battery life in iOS7 is not as good as in iOS6

    • vifish

      Yeah when ios7 was released they said the system knows how to handle energy to certain apps you use, turns out my battery was way better on ios6 on my iphone 4s as well as it was very fast instead of all laggy in ios7.

      Only on macbook that apple really show some innovation, mavericks really made my battery last more than mountain lion.

      • mlee19841

        Yes. iOS 6 was great.

      • White Michael Jackson

        My iphone 4s was on ios 5 before i moved to 7. lasted WAY longer then

    • Jason Baroni

      If they claim that, you can try to replace your iPhone. I have seen many people saying iOS8 does make the difference on battery, and I can say it for myself.

      Wait for the final release, if it get worse, take it to the Genius Bar.

  • Darryl Barnes

    The battery needs to be much better. I own a 5s and the battery is poor to ok at best. Apple needs to address this with new iphone. Also, I have to disable a lot of features I like to get more battery. What’s the point of owning a smart phone if I can’t use all the great features all the time?

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      how much ‘usage’ do you get on your iphone 5s after a full charge to 100%. My iphone 5 battery is very poor. As soon as it reaches 50% i start to become quite nervous. I get a 5 hour usage by the the time it completly drains. If i play games or surf it drains even faster

  • m3nphls

    I don’t care the size of the battery. I carry my 12000mah battery pack everywhere!

    • Stefano

      Which battery pack do you use

      • m3nphls

        Powergen, hast lasted me a while.

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      what about the mophie juice pack

      • m3nphls

        Mophie is overpriced, you can find good ones and cheap like Powergen and Ravpower

    • dd

      who gives a f?

  • highNiggaPie

    They better do at least 2,100 especially with the galaxy having 2,800 either way I’ll buy it but I’m tired of hugging the wall :-(

    • udovoodoo

      You either haven’t configured your phone properly or the reception is bad there (it affects battery life quite a lot). At my best I got 88 hours standby with 5 hours wake time on iPhone 5 with minimal syncs. On iPhone 5s with EVERYTHING syncing (16 apps syncing) I get 48 hours per charge consistently.

      • Hendo27

        Maybe if you never even look at your phone.

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        Thats true. i don’t think that guy even uses his phone lol. I get only 5 hours of usage by the time it drains to 100%. So disappointing.

  • DevXav

    I’m in such a dilemma about upgrading now from my 5S 64gb or just waiting for the 6S to arrive..
    I was an iPhone 5 beta tester (who had an iPhone 4S and upgraded to iPhone 5 knows what i am talking about) and I don’t want to be a beta tester again with iPhone 6..

    :(

    • udovoodoo

      Hold out for S models (6s). It’s the most bang for your buck because typically the S models have the same resolution as the previous model, with added GPU grunt.

      • DevXav

        True..
        My only problem with the 5S is the battery…

        My battery increased in size, i dont know why, and i had to leave my 5S at an Apple Store to be replaced.. I heard that several people were having the same problem around here, their batteries were “inflating” inside the iPhone, making the right top screen corner pop up and make a noise when you press it..

        Yeah, i will get a new one, fine.. But my warranty only goes up to November and as i live in Brazil (7×1 hell yeah we got owned LOL), i dont have the option to extend my warranty.. :(

        I’m kinda afraid that the battery stuffing problem happens again with me..

      • nazcorp

        If it does contact Apple. I doubt you’ll have to pay anything if it’s the same issue (even 2 months after your warranty) and refurb (the phone you’re getting as replacement) should carry it’s own repair warranty.

      • DevXav

        Yeah, every new reburbished iPhone gest 3 extended months of warranty, but my iPhone needed more than 3 months to get the battery stuffed..

        But, first of all, my iPhone is now a refurbished one, not because of me, but because of its own battery issue..

        And i’m pretty much positive they won’t do anything for me if i get there 4 or 5 months later with a stuffed battery once again.. They will only tell me i will have to pay for a replacement one..

      • udovoodoo

        Using your same argument, how do you know the iPhone 6 is not subject to this supposed widepread issue? You really have no idea. I don’t have statistical data to prove that this is not a widespread issue, but I can tell you that the iPhone 5s is very poplar where I live and I have never heard anybody mention this issue to me. Usually I’d be the first person they mention anything to as I’m all my friend’s repairman/tech advisor. I know exactly how frustrating it is as I have had an even worse experience with the Galaxy S2 in 2012 (It took them 2.5 months to send the phone back to me and they said “found no issues, but we reflashed the operating system for you just in case” when the issue was that the phone was physically twisted 5 degrees out of the box, as were the other 6 Galaxy phones I had my carrier unseal and show me. They were all warped due to the factory tooling being misaligned. Believe me when I say you’re in MUCH better hands at Apple than you would be with any other phone OEM.

      • DevXav

        This battery problem I said is happening in Brazil, i don’t know about other countries..

        I also don’t know about iPhone 6 and i did not say anything about it’s battery.. I only said about iPhone 5S, that i was afraid that the battery stuffing problem i had with my first one would also happen with this other “new” one Apple gave me in warranty.

        Relax, all i’m saying here is that i agree with you, and i will just stick with 5S until “6S” is out, just hoping not to have the battery problem again..

  • Philip

    iPhones running iOS with 2100mah would be boss

  • ImLouis

    “LG’s G3 and Samsung’s Note 3 – 3,000 mAh and 3,200 mAh battery” – Android will always need more battery power because the OS isn’t as efficient as it could be. One day android will be sitting right next to the iPhone but two do this they will literally have to rewrite most of the system code.

    • BozzyB

      I don’t know your proof for your claims but I have some which support the article and the common impression. I use a Nexus 5 with 2300 mAh and it’s average usage time is around 20 hours with an anverage display-on time of 3,5 hours. I use stock rom with no modification. If you “jailbreak” (root) it, you can use custom roms which are even more efficient and bring your usage time up to additional 50%. These roms are heavily tweaked. Even better than stock android which is already enough for me. Thats why I don’t even “jailbreak”.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Android Sucks

      • Dan

        don’t be an iDiot

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        I guess the average user can root and custom room huh. Android big as battery cuz os sucks. Plus it doesn’t handle ram well. I have 2gbs of ram and the apps hog it like crazy. Have no issue on iPhone 5 tho.

      • Dan

        Rooting is very easy, but that’s not the point.
        Saying android sucks is your opinion, but it doesn’t make it fact. It would be like me saying Shiba inu’s suck.

        If we limit ourselves to the battery, I’ve had several android phones and they lasted longer than the iPhone. Also, different android phones, different batteries, one phone might hog more than the other. Have you bothered to take into account that a lot of companies muck around with android (ie: Samsung/touchwiz)?

        Android has strengts, so does Apple. You can’t deny Apple needs to work on the battery issue.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        Android is does suck. Even with 2gb ram, non bloated moto x and being rooted. The apps use so much memory. It’s even on 4.4.2. How can Facebook use so much ram compared to on iPhone which doesn’t have problems. This is only one examples of many.

      • Dan

        Whatever man, I had android phones (high end) before I moved to iOS and never had any problems. I won’t bother arguing with someone who can’t distinguish between opinion and fact.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        I showed you my facts. You are the one that can’t. 2gbs of ram isn’t high end enough for you? Wow. So I have to get a HTC m8 or something more gimmick to prove the os have issues with apps hogging memory compared to ios? This isn’t even an argument. It’s a discussion. I see why are you are getting mad though. Because you don’t accept anyone’s opinion and shows you are limited in knowledge. Go back to your Canadian side of the country.

      • Dan

        Go back to your Canadian side of the country. What are you, 12?

        I’m not mad by the way, I never even compared android/iOS performance. I just found your ‘android sucks’ comment unfounded. How do you quantify sucking exactly? You can THINK it sucks, but that’s just your opinion.

        Who has more sense, someone saying that both sides have their advantages, or the guy who says android sucks? Are you so blinded by your obsession with Apple that you can’t see the positive in other os’s? I’ve had both, and I can say that in my opinion android does not suck. I have had no issues with lag or memory (I did with touchwiz on GS3 though, but I blame samsung) I do prefer iOS.

        thanks for the discussion, maybe you should write your next high school dissertation on ‘android sucking’.

      • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

        You are so immature. You should really go back to Android did you can’t find or understand the difference in performance. I have had the first Android and the latest Android gear blah blah. But all those things they still didn’t have the smooth essential blessings compared to ios. Android is so subpar. And sometimes even below it. It’s fast, but really. It’s not stable son. Android does have its benefits, but it sucks overall. There you go kid.

      • Rowan09

        Android uses more power because of how they handle multi-tasking, etc. If you tweak your phone right you should be ok.

  • Tommy

    Defend all u want. The iPhones battery is shit

  • Mohammed

    Considering how the smaller iphone 5s performed in battery life tests against its bigger rivals with just 1570 mAh battery
    A 2100 mAh battery won’t be that bad

    • Hyr3m

      Ponder in the screen size please…

      • Mohammed

        I did
        Thats why i said it WON’T be that bad.
        I didn’t say it well be as good as the others.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        How about the screen resolution, the iOS 8 Android-like software enhancements that’ll run in the background, and last but not least, the added sensors? Think a mere 2100mAh battery would be sufficient for keeping the iPhone at that level in battery performance tests?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Not just the screen size; the screen resolution, the iOS 8 Android-like software enhancements that’ll run in the background, and last but not least, the added sensors.

  • Jesse Guerrero

    Just charge your phone before you leave home or buy a mophie

    • White Michael Jackson

      no

  • Eikast

    That better be true. The main advantage of a larger phone is the space for a larger battery. If you don’t take advantage of that then well good luck convincing people that your phone is the he best.

  • Alex-V

    Interesting is that my 5s hold much longer as all my android devices before :) think about

  • James Gunaca

    Detecting battery hog software doesn’t increase battery life. It means we have to adjust how we use our phones to get battery life improvements. That’s not what we want. We want to keep our usage the same but have it last longer. Need bigger battery.

    • nazcorp

      Lol I took so long to type mine (thanks to buggy Discuss

  • nazcorp

    Keep in mind that iOS 8 is the most open version yet. More applications can use more system processes and keep background processes running (keyboards, widgets, TouchID). That new feature about showing battery hogs is far from an indication that it will increase battery life. It’s just a needed feature to show users which of those services is effecting battery life. And that larger battery seems to be needed for the new sensors, features and to support the larger display. Not that I doubt the battery life won’t be improved, just felt this article failed to consider these things or make note of them.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I guess that 1800 mah couldnt handle the 4.7″ lol. Good news if they increased it to 2100. As the rumor suggest. I dont wanna hug the wall lol

  • Dao Sasone

    dont be a wall hugger.

  • nfinite

    My 5s have usage time around 7-8 hours.. loaded with 100+ apps, 400+ musics, 700+ pictures plus jailbreak and 12 tweaks.. Hoping to get 10+ hours of usage time in iphone 6..

  • Yujin

    No hydrogen fuel cell?

  • gittlopctbi

    This is good news, if true. Yesterday, I hit the “Perfect Storm” of loaded apps and saw my battery go from 97% to Low Battery warning at 11% in just 35 minutes! LOL Good thing that’s only happened once before and I hope it never happens again.

  • Alexander magnusson

    They instead of making the phone thinner everytime they should just add more battery and keep it the same thickness.

    • thomas

      they do, where have you been

  • AMB_07

    2100 MAh is the same battery found on my Galaxy S3. Judging by its size and the size of my phone (a bit bigger than the size of the iPhone 6) I say the probabilities of the iPhone 6 sporting this battery are extremely high.

    I predict it’ll be at least 2000 MAh, nothing as low as 1810 MAh

  • White Michael Jackson

    This BETTER NOT BE A RUMOR

  • Anas Hasan

    you are a LUCKY man

    • Waleed

      Wow man ! Would you like to show me the stats of battery, i mean i wanna see the capacity and battery cycles for this 5S ! And also 5 ! If 5S is jailbroken ?