iPhone 6 (2915mah battery, NowhereElse 008)

The prolific leakers over at the French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google Translate] on Sunday have managed to get hold of a short video which purportedly shows off a 2,915mAh battery said to be bound for a 5.5-inch iPhone 6.

In the past week or so, we’ve been treated to several sightings of 1,810mAh, 2,100mAh and 2,915mAh batteries for the upcoming Apple handsets.

This, however, marks the first time the part’s been captured on video.

Compared to the ~1,560mAh unit inside the iPhone 5s, this alleged iPhone 6 battery is twice as strong. Whether the added juice is only meant to power the iPhone 6’s power-hungry 5.5-inch screen alongside new sensors and an NFC chip for mobile payments, or perhaps extend the handset’s total run time, shall remain anyone’s guess until next Tuesday, 10am PT.

Our friend Steve Hemmerstoffer (the guy who runs NowhereElse) has obtained the claimed battery from his resident source. For what it’s worth, Hemmerstoffer says the part is very likely genuine given the format of the serial number (820-4545-03 820-3230-03) printed on the cable which connects the battery to the print circuit board is the same as the one Apple used for the iPhone 5.

iPhone 6 (2915mah battery, NowhereElse 009)

“Also, this hose connector fits perfectly to that found on the motherboard of both 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models,” he wrote. To refresh your memory, a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 variant is thought to pack in a weaker 1.810mAh battery.

We’re purely speculating at this point but the 2,915mAh lithium-ion polymer unit should extend the iPhone 6’s run time beyond the current Apple-rated 10 hours of 4G/Wi-Fi Internet use/video playback and up to ten hours of 3G talk time.

Needless to say, this is assuming that the capacity increase won’t be offset completely by the bigger display and other new features. The handset’s in-house designed A8 processor shouldn’t be a problem as the chip is said to focus on better power efficiency.

The display will be key here.

iPhone 6 (2915mah battery, NowhereElse 006)

The mobile processor and the display are by and large the biggest battery killers on any mobile device. Keeping in mind that the LCD IPS technology on iPhones is not as power efficient as Samsung’s AMOLED screens, we’ll just need to wait a little longer until Apple’s big September 9 reveal in order to find out the truth about the iPhone 6’s run time and battery performance.

One thing is undeniable — Samsung hasn’t conveniently timed its ‘Wall Huggers’ anti-iPhone campaign straight ahead of Apple’s event for no apparent reason.

[NowhereElse]

  • If this is meant for the 5.5in iPhone and they don’t come out at the same time I’m definitely waiting for it.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    God please EXTEND the battery life..thats all we want. But either way I cant wait!!!

    • rockdude094

      Im all for longer battery life, but tbh they gotta do a lot better than lithium ion polymer battery.

      • Aaron

        I know right they should totally power iPhones with CH3(CH2)6CH3

  • Manuel Molina

    The bigger the screen, the more battery? So I guess I’m getting a big ass screen then. I want my phone to last, as my iPhone 5S barely last longer than a virgin these days.

    I’m curious where these people get these parts and who gives it to them. Next time you’ll hear iDB has found parts of a leaked iPhone 7.

    • Steven Honey

      if it were the bigger the screen, the more battery then why doesn’t the iPad air and mini last for a week. its not much better than the current iPhone as far as battery life and it can’t even do as much as the iPhone. the bigger the screen then the more battery it will use.

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m not sure I understand that logic. I think you mean why doesn’t the air last longer than the mini, yes? And to be fair, I think the comparison you drew isn’t really fair due in part because those devices do not have a cellular chip to make and receive calls, so battery life would last longer on those devices anyway.

        Screen wise, the air and the mini are the same, but that is also in part because Apple did not utilize a higher power battery.

      • Antzboogie

        My iPad Mini’s battery is amazing and lasts longer then my iPhone 5s.

  • CS

    The only way to get a bigger battery and also make the phone stay thin (or even thinner) is to add to the phone’s size. Bigger phone = bigger screen = more power = bigger battery

    Until new battery technology becomes mainstream, that’s how it works. I would be very surprised to see a noticeable improvement in battery life because of the bigger screen and supposed NFC, etc…. But I’m okay with it! Apple will one day implement a power saving mode into iOS ¯_(ツ)_/¯
    And then we can be /very/ happy

    • stulaw01

      Well if the backplate leaks are correct, which they likely are, the iphone 6 is only 5-7mm shorter and narrower than a Galaxy S5, and 1mm thinner, but uses a likely 700mah smaller batter.

      5-7mm is only about 1/4 inch shorter and narrower, so not significant size difference. Apple could get a slightly bigger battery in. The Galaxy S5 battery very similar in physical volume than the iphone 5 battery (iphone battery is long and narrow and Galaxy is more traditional rectangle) and is 2800mah vs 1840mah.

      Question being why does the iphone NEED to be any thinner? Tall, wide and thin equals not easy to hold. The Galaxy S5 is 8.1mm (vs 7.6 for the iphone 5) and being tall and wide wouldn’t need to be any thinner. Thin may make the iphone 6 hard to hold (or just uncomfortable) at 7mm. I find the Galaxy plenty thin at 8mm and I’d imagine most iphone users would sacrifice 1mm thickness for a battery that lasts truly all day.

    • rockdude094

      Exactly! We need some new technology here. Lithium is so 2007…

  • stulaw01

    Problem being is if that 2100mah battery is for the “normal” iphone 6, all Apple is doing is bumping it up just enough to compensate for a faster processor (and now newer screen size) as they always have in each new model. Not trying to extend batter life generally beyond what is averages, which is very disappointing.

    I recently picked up a Galaxy S5 and I can go 16-18 hours (the full time someone is awake during a day) with 4 full hours screen on time with this thing. The battery life is nothing short of impressive. The AMOLED helps, but the 2800mah battery on a 5.2 inch screen even more so.

    The iphone 6 (normal version) needs a 2400mah batter being 4.7″ to improve on battery live overall. 1840 to 2100 is merely compensating and keeping battery life on par with the 5/5S usage ratings (which as most admit are low and rarely last a full date of use). After all, screen is the biggest power drainer on the phone.

    • I agree with you, the AMOLED helps most of the android phones with really great battery life. However it has its own shortcomings. Hopefully this time around Apple found a better way to conserve how much power the screen consumes..

      • stulaw01

        This is my first AMOLED phone, being a 4 iphone owner before. It’s definitely a good display, and Displaymate and Anantech have given the S5’s display extremely high marks; even higher than the iphone in some categories. They have come a LONG way since the original ones.

        But the HTC M8 is an LCD phone that can substitute into my comparison for the S5 to take the AMOLED power savings out. In fact, the M8 was the highest phone on the battery life charts on Anantech tests, with the S5 2nd, and having a LCD display and only a 2600mah battery.

        I think the end point is the tech is there to get the battery life there. But Apple seems rather content to keep it relatively constant across generations of their devices. 2100mah IMO is simply too low for a 4.7″ LCD device and obviously a newer faster processor and maybe more RAM to power. The 250mah extra wont go far.

      • They have been approved but me personally I would never want an AMOLED display unless their major flaw is fixed. I have fixed about 5 S5’s that had broken displays not inducing the glass on top. Also the PenTile display is another thing I’m not a fan of..

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Wow everything is lining up perfectly. There are rumors of the design. We get a few leaks as usual. Then we get rumors that Apple is “destroying production out of China.” Then we have all the leaks!! Smart people if these aren’t real iPhone 6’s.

    • Jonathan

      Just, random. You gave me my 10,000th upvote. Thanks. 😀

  • Blaqheart

    2,915 mAh battery = tech p0rn

    • rockdude094

      Insane eh lol

  • jack

    this is like saying “my car’s fuel tank capacity is 40 liter”.. doesn’t say anything about the mileage

    • rockdude094

      Best representation ! You sir need a high five, good work 😀

  • babiloe

    The main problem of high res more than 1080p on smartphone is battery. Said beautifully the LG G3 problem in anandtech

  • Someshwar

    Most commonly used word on idownloadblog these days: “purportedly” !

  • Rook HD

    5.5 is too big… hope both models have the same battery life so I can get the 4.7 without being jealous…

  • Rowan09

    Here’s a question. I’ve seen videos posted on this site about the leaked iPhone, but yet no one actually decided to open the back and show us the battery ,motherboard, etc? I don’t believe those are real iPhones at all.

    • WolfgangHoltz

      Have been posted several times last couple of months. You must be living under a rock or maybe need glasses.

      • Rowan09

        You’ve seen someone opened the back to confirm the size of the battery? What size battery is confirmed for the 6? They just posted videos of a working iPhone 6 for a couple weeks now.

  • Bill Mcintyre

    Waiting for the day iPhones are as thin and light as that battery…

  • Tom C

    Ebay is selling iphone 6 casess

  • rockdude094

    Umm okay :/

  • Antzboogie

    Lol your comment seems a little ignorant. Most of us care about what’s inside. I always judge by what’s inside like battery, chip, etc. Design is important, but can’t fool me I leave that up to others who scam bench marks. No names, lol.