Alleged new iPhone battery shown in photos with slight capacity increaseAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Apple's new iPhone has been leaking out alleged part by alleged part in recent months, and today another component that may belong to the next iOS smartphone has made its way online. This time we're looking at the battery, which has shown both of its sides in a pair of images sent to 9to5Mac. This new, thinner battery pack is of the 1,440mAh variety and also has a voltage of 3.8 and a 5.45 watts-per-hour measurement. By comparison, the iPhone 4S's battery is 1,430mAh, 3.7V and 5.3Whr. The label of the new battery shows that it may have been made in June 2012.
With rumors floating around that Apple may add 4G LTE to the new iPhone, many have been wondering how much beefier the device's battery would be to support the faster (and traditionally more juice-thirsty) connectivity option. However, this alleged battery pack isn't significantly larger than the one found in the iPhone 4S. While Apple is said to be doing things like moving to a smaller dock connector and nano-SIM card to help make more room for the iPhone's internals, the device itself is also expected to be a bit thinner than previous models, so Apple may not have been able to significantly increase the size of the battery.
There are a couple of possible scenarios suggested by 9to5Mac as to why this battery may not be much larger than the ones in previous iPhones. For example, the dual-core chip that may be included in the next iPhone could utilize LTE without needing a ginormous battery. It's also possible that the Cupertino firm could use a new Qualcomm Gobi chip that sucks down less battery while on LTE. Obviously there are still a lot of question marks surrounding the Apple's new iPhone, but luckily we may not be waiting much longer before all the mysteries are solved, as the device's official introduction is rumored to be coming as soon as September 12. Stay tuned.