If you were hoping Apple would address the 6th-gen iPhone’s addition of LTE and (allegedly) higher resolution screen the same way they did on the iPad 3 (with a larger battery), you’re going to be slightly disappointed.
9to5 Mac has acquired images detailing what they and their source claim to be the next-gen iPhone’s battery. The rating of 1440 mAh is just barely larger than the previous iPhone 4S and 4 batteries (1430 and 1420 mAh respectively). What that means is that Apple found a way to make current LTE hardware (and their own A-branded SoCs much more efficient to negate the need for a beefier battery, or, they’ve got something else up their sleeve – new Qualcomm Gobi chips.
The new Gobi chips feature support for HSPA+ 84, LTE-Advanced and a wide swath of frequencies for the aforementioned technologies meaning more carriers and customers around the world will have access to faster networks on a single device and chip. Currently, many markets are left out of the LTE fun with Apple’s latest generation iPad. Adding support at this point would require another LTE radio stuffed inside. With the added global support and claimed increases in battery life, Apple’s willingness to stick with a battery that’s barely any bigger than the last couple of iPhone’s might just make a bit more sense, no?
Still, no matter how efficient the next-gen iPhone’s battery is, we think Apple is getting too carried away with the thinness aspect. Remember how the iPhone 4S was supposed to be great with battery life (according to Apple). Since its release it has constantly been criticized for being less efficient than the iPhone 4 it replaces. Of course, with a dual-core processor in the 4S it’s not exactly rocket science as to why. The next-gen iPhone’s inclusion of LTE and larger display (not to mention improved processor and GPU) certainly won’t do anything to lessen power draw (outside of efficiency improvements of course). Stuffing a 2,000 mAh battery in there could have easily been done and still kept within size constraints in our opinion.
We’ll see just how much Apple’s analytical detail to efficiency pays off once the next-gen iPhone drops in September/October.