Why the iPhone 6 Battery Improvement Is a Much Needed Upgrade

The Apple iPhone 6 reveal, rumored for September 9, is perhaps the hottest and most anticipated smartphone release this year. There’s a lot of speculation around the iPhone 6’s features and details, which Apple has kept tightly under wraps. There are a few guarantees that have leaked—like a larger display and an improved logic board and Wi-Fi chip—but recent information also indicates a potential iPhone 6 battery upgrade, which is probably the most welcomed upgrade announcement of all.

The Battery Power Struggle

The iPhone 6 will likely have an improved logic board, display, processor, and even potentially improved LTE capabilities, according to Gizmodo. The immediate question that comes to mind is where the phone will get the power to fuel all of these new toys. The iPhone’s battery life is one of its most criticized elements; recent Samsung commercials have poked fun at “wall-hugging” iPhone users that are always desperate for a charge.

The iPhone 5s came with a 1,560 mAh battery, while the admittedly newer Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with a whopping 2,800 mAh, nearly double the size. Rumors emerged in July that the iPhone 6 would receive an upgrade to a 1,810 mAh battery.

A recent post from news chief analyst at ESM-China Sung Chang Xu claims that “the 4.7-inch model of the iPhone 6 could ship with a 2,100mAh capacity battery, rather than the 1,810mAh battery previously believed to be coming to the handset,” according to CNET.

Why 2,100 Is a Good Number

Every upgrade that has been revealed—the larger display, stronger processor, and improved wireless connectivity—will require additional battery power. When adding in the upgraded components and hardware that won’t be revealed until September 9, it’s obvious that the 1,560 mAh battery of the iPhone 5s simply would not be sufficient.

In fact, with the display size increase alone, even the 1,810 mAh battery would struggle to cross the finish line. A 2,100 mAh battery, on the other hand, has plenty of power. Beyond the benefits of an improved life-span, the reveal of a 2,100 mAh battery strongly hints that the iPhone 6 will have a better processor among several other components.

Functionality that was impossible with a 1,560 mAh battery is more than feasible with a 2,100 mAh model, and the world will find out exactly what those functions are on September 9.

What upgrades do you hope the new iPhone 6 battery will bring? Faster wireless connectivity, an improved processor, more complex apps, a stronger display or a better camera?

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