iPhone 5s ran out of juice yesterday before the day was finished.
Though this doesn't happen often, it's definitely not the first
time. I guess I'm one of the "wall huggers"
mocks in its newest Galaxy S5 smartphone ad campaign.
As smartphone use continues to surge, whether it's because of
distracting tasks like compulsively checking email and
, or productive tasks like managing to-do lists or writing
everything down in Evernote (these are productive tasks, right?),
battery life for mobile devices is becoming increasingly
important. But Apple's quest to reach device thinness deserving
of the "Air" designation (a title that has so far been reserved
to products from its MacBook and iPad lines) has made the task
difficult. And once you add in Apple's tortoise pace in launching
a smartphone display larger than 4 inches, a move that would
leave more room for the all-important battery, it's no wonder
iPhone users are scrambling for the nearest outlet.
Fortunately, there may be light at the end of the tunnel (or
more power at the end of that dying battery?) for those like
myself who are wrapped up in Apple's ecosystem. The savior to
iPhone users' battery problem may come in the form of the
company's 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockups pictured with
the 4-inch iPhone 5s. Image source: 9to5Mac, used with
An extra 400 milliampere hours?
Apple's current 1,560 mAh battery in the iPhone 5s pales in
comparison to some of the competition, particularly to the HTC
One (M8), the LG G3, and the Galaxy S5. These three smartphones
boast 2,600, 3,000, and 2,800 mAh capacity, respectively. To be
fair, these are much larger handsets. But such are the benefits
of having more space for a battery.
issued earlier this year suggested that Apple's
next-generation iPhones could see only modest improvements to
battery life. The rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would get battery
life of about 1,800 to 1,900 mAh and Apple's phablet 5.5-inch
iPhone would get a 2,500 mAh battery, according to G4Games.
But two recent leaks of a 2,915 mAh battery for the 5.5-inch
iPhone 6 suggest that G4Games could be off by more than 400 mAh
for the larger iPhone. The first leak came from Chinese site
Apple Daily, which shared a photo of a 2,915 mAh battery that
appeared to be a battery prototype for the larger iPhone model.
The second leak, from Nowhereelse.fr (via
) earlier this week, showed what appeared to be an identical
battery, which the site asserted was for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6.
While the leaks are not confirmed, MacRumors' Kelly Hodgkins said
the markings on the battery are similar to those that appear on
other Apple batteries.
Given the extra power consumption required by a larger screen,
every bit of incremental battery capacity Apple can pack in its
upcoming iPhone lineup is crucial, especially considering that
the company is already lagging peers in this key area.
But what about the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone? Some reports
suggest the battery will only sport 1,810 mAh, which could be a
major disappointment. But one analyst from ESM-China electronics,
citing China supply chains, shared an image of a 2,100 mAh
battery that the analyst asserts will be used in the 4.7-inch
iPhone. But even 2,100 mAh may not impress.
Alleged leaked 4.7-inch iPhone 6 rear casing. The part was
first shared by
Feld & Volk
Of course, Apple can also improve battery life by
semiconductor innovation and improved power management from the
operating system. The tech giant has been particularly successful
at power management on its desktop OS X line. But this efficiency
leadership hasn't translated directly to iOS yet.
As both an Apple customer and an investor, I hope the company
can deliver this rumored 2,915 mAh battery, as well a
cutting-edge innovation in battery conservation, which could
finally serve up some true all-day battery life.
Fortunately, speculation for this year's iPhone refresh will
soon become history. Apple is supposedly readying the iPhone 6
line to be unveiled at its event
Leaked: Apple's next smart device (warning, it may
Apple recently recruited a secret-development "dream team"
to guarantee its newest smart device was kept hidden from
the public for as long as possible. But the secret is out,
and some early viewers are claiming its everyday impact
could trump the iPod, iPhone,
the iPad. In fact, ABI Research predicts 485
million of this type of device will be sold per year. But
one small company makes Apple's gadget possible.
And its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for
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