Some iPhone 4S users complain about low battery performance. New purported images of the iPhone 5 battery reveal a longer, thinner design that is only marginally more powerful than the iPhone 4S’s battery pack. Is this cause for alarm, or is it a fake?
In an effort to continuously confirm their iPhone 5 sighting, 9to5Mac continues to assemble new iPhone parts that all seem to fit in with what they say will indeed be the new design. Almost every week has brought on new sightings in a kind of parts parade that keeps them and their iPhone 5 claims as the topic of conversation.
Their most recent discovery is what is said to be the iPhone 5′s new battery. 9to5Mac packages the story as yet another possible big find in the search for the truth about the iPhone 5 before it is actually unveiled by Apple. and from their accounts, its longer, leaner design appears to jive with what we’ve seen from them form factor-wise. Here’s what they have to say:
Today, a reliable parts source (via 9to5Mac contributor Sonny Dickson) sent us images of new iPhone battery packs that they received. Notably, these new battery packs sport a higher capacity than the packs in previous generations of Apple’s smartphone. This new battery features a capacity of 1440 mAh. That is up from the capacity of 1430 mAh on the iPhone 4S and up from 1420 mAh on the iPhone 4, according to iPhone repair shop iFixYouri, whom examined the battery photos.
At face value, this all looks very promising for those looking to lock up the longer iPhone 5 design. And hey — look! — 10 mAh more battery juice! That’s great, right?
One of the problems with the iPhone 4S is that they added a beefier processor and tons of new processes all a Siri, and essentially did nothing to address the battery. Sure, it was 10 mAh more than the iPhone 4′s battery, but 10 mAh is chump change. To put it in perspective, mid-level rechargeable AA batteries can be 2100 mAh — perfect for powering basic electronics. But the high-end NiMH AAs used for digital cameras can be upwards of 2800 mAh. Now, we’re talking LiON battery packs here, no NiMH. But regardless of the battery technology, 10 mAh is a token increase.
The concern here is that if the iPhone 5 is going to have 4G LTE, a new processor, a bigger screen with perhaps increased resolution, maybe NFC, and all this other stuff, how can a thinner battery pack that is essentially the same as the already anemic iPhone 4S battery going to cut it?
For those who are still highly skeptical of the iPhone 5 that 9to5Mac has been trotting out, this might be a sign of the charade, and that all of these parts are being milled from 4S components. And for the conspiracy theorists out there, it could be Apple’s own rouse, trying to throw off competitors from seeing their new battery pack, which is something that will allow the iPhone 5 to stand out from the pack.
I don’t know about you, but one of the features I’d love to see on the iPhone 5 is a major improvement in battery life. But if this battery is the real deal, I don’t know if we can have that expectation.
By Michael Nace