iPhone 7 may come outfitted with a slightly stronger battery than iPhone 6s

By , May 2, 2016

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According to a post on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones may come outfitted with slightly larger batteries than the current-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. Based on a claimed spy shot of purported battery packages for the upcoming devices, the iPhone 7 should have a one percent stronger battery than the iPhone 6s while the iPhone 7 Plus should pack in a more than two percent stronger battery versus its iPhone 6s Plus counterpart.

In terms of the numbers:

  • iPhone 7—1,735 mAh battery
  • iPhone 7 Plus—2,810 mAh battery
  • iPhone 6s—1,715 mAh battery
  • iPhone 6s Plus—2,750 mAh battery
  • iPhone 6—1,810 mAh battery
  • iPhone 6 Plus—2,910 mAh battery

There’s more to battery life than capacity

Battery capacity doesn’t tell the whole story as a number of factors influence the effective run time of a mobile device. For example, even though the previous-generation iPhone 6 models offer notably stronger batteries than the iPhone 6s series, both phone generations sport comparable battery life due to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus using chips manufactured on a smaller process technology.

Smaller chips = greater power savings

The smaller the chips are, the faster they get because the electrons travel a shorter distance. Plus, smaller chips generally dissipate less heat than larger ones.

And with Apple’s next-generation A10 processors said to be fabbed on TSMC’s cutting-edge ten-nanometer process versus the 14/16-nm A9 chips inside the current iPhones (which again would make the A10 more power efficient than the A9), a stronger battery may actually translate into a longer run time this time around.

iPhone 7 to increase battery life?

As both new iPhone 7 models are said to have approximately the same size and depth as the current models, it’s unclear whether the slightly larger batteries might be due to advances in battery and packaging technology or the fact that the upcoming handsets will have fewer chips that will be more tightly integrated on the logic board.

Source: Sina Weibo via 9to5Mac

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  • Jamessmooth

    1% and 2% bigger battery! The more i hear about iPhone 7 the more excited I get!
    :/

    • Jon K

      And you clearly didnt read the article or bother to read how battery life works. The chips used and their power savings has a HUGE affect on battery life more than raw capacity.

      • igorsky

        Your common sense and knowledge is going to give the troll a headache.

      • 9to5Slavery

        loooool!

      • SouthMouth

        Another butthurt fanboy that’s in denial about how BS it is when Apple wont increase the battery life by more than a few percent because they wanna make a thinner phone that no one really cares about to begin with….as I told your butt buddy above, stop being a fanboy for a minute and settling for everything Apple puts out that’s the reason they don’t innovate anymore because they know dummies like you will still buy it, meanwhile every other company is listening to customers and quadrupling battery life. FOH wit that

      • Jamessmooth

        Nope, read the whole article. But you and I both know they’ll come out on stage and say “all this stuff and SAME battery life as before!” and everyone will go crazy and be happy. You want to get people excited? Throw in a battery twice the rumored size.

      • Micke på taket

        Hey listen ,, u soo full of shii

      • TM

        I hear Android is looking for new users.

      • Rowan09

        Which phone does that because I own the S7 Edge and it doesn’t do it with a 3600 mAh battery?

      • I also have a S7 (not Edge though) which has a 3,000 mAh battery. I’m sorry but I haven’t noticed a nearly twofold increase in run time compared to my iPhone 6s’s 1,715 mAh battery. It does last a bit longer than my 6s but not much longer. I think it’s safe to say that we’re simply expecting too much from today’s smartphones. These things are mini computers in our pockets with a tiny battery in them that must power speedy internals and screens with more pixels than most people have on their desktops or notebooks. Gone are the days of Nokia phones that could run for days and didn’t have a color screen (or even a screen in today’s sense of the word). So yes, you’re right about complaining that most smartphones will barely get your through the day, but I don’t think it’s Apple’s or anyone else’s business policy to design handsets with disappointing battery life.

      • The King

        I have the 7 edge and it last pretty damn long. I easily get a day and a half of emails, text, calls, downloading, music, Bluetooth, and phone calls, and I keep it on LTE. I keep brightness at a middle low to middle. I put it up in the car for 30 minutes. Though. My 6 Plus use to get me a day without a jailbreak. With a jailbreak, almost a day.

      • tariq

        i think Samsung wins battery life just for having ultra save mode. I know it stops most functions, but just to txt and call for 12hrs on 6 percent is pretty impressive

      • The King

        Ultra save mode still let’s you browse the Web, see videos and tweet with emails and such. It’s pretty damn awesome and impressive.

      • Rowan09

        I agree. I also own the 6S Plus and to be honest the battery life is the same as the 7 Edge for me. Battery tech in general needs to get better, instead of people believing the solution is just throwing in a larger battery.

      • Benedict

        The S7 has around 9 hrs compared to the 6S with 5 hrs “online time”. Talking time is more than poor on the 6S with 4 hrs compared to the S7 with 9 (!) hrs. So I really can’t reproduce your “impressions” – @Rowan09:disqus

      • SouthMouth

        And you’re clearly a butthurt fanboy if you think the battery will increase usage time by more than a few minutes, dudes like you are the reason Apple half a$$es everything and thinks it’s acceptable. Stop being dumb af and settling for whatever you’re fed

  • Yoshi Yassaru

    iPhone 7 Plus—2,810 mAh battery (correction)

  • Jim Hart

    It’s a slow news day, isn’t it?

  • Cones1r

    So, my 2 year old 6 plus will have a bigger battery than this year’s phone???

    • Shinonuke

      Does reading numbers confuses you? I mean, if you’re just looking at numbers then it is bigger. However, real world applications determine how long the phone lasts for you. My previous phone, Samsung Note 4, did not last as long as my iPhone 6 4.7″. The note 4 had a bigger battery too. The newer iPhone 7 is expecting to either have the same amount of usages with their battery size or better due to having a more energy efficient motheboard/CPU/etc components.

      • Cones1r

        No, it doesn’t confuse me to read numbers. Was that comment really necessary? My battery life on my 2 year old 6 plus is awesome compared to my wife’s 6. I just don’t understand why they would go backwards with size. But if they can make the other internals more energy efficient then I don’t care what size it is as long as I’m getting the same usage as I am now.

      • Shinonuke

        Yeah, I might have word it poorly there. Don’t let the battery numbers mess with you because efficiency is king. Apple is known to squeeze as much as they can from the hardware. It is the main reason why they use less ram and CPU cores and still able to produce awesome bench marks along with real world performance