Less than five months before Apple is expected to launch the “iPhone 7” and “iPhone 7 Plus/Pro”, rumors and alleged part leaks have already divulged many details about the prospective features of the device.
According to a new post on the Chinese social network Sina Weibo, Apple’s next-generation iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones may come outfitted with slightly larger batteries than the current-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. Based on a claimed spy shot of purported battery packages for the upcoming devices, the iPhone 7 should have a one percent stronger battery than the iPhone 6s while the iPhone 7 Plus should pack in a more than two percent stronger battery versus its iPhone 6s Plus counterpart.
Looking back to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though, sees that the iPhone 7/7 Plus will have batteries that are slightly lower than Apple’s shift to bigger smartphones, with the iPhone 6 measured at 1810mAh, and the iPhone 6 Plus measured at 2910mAh.
Unfortunately, increase in battery size (compared to this generation’s flagships) isn’t actually a clear indicator that Apple is making any major headway in improvements when it comes to battery life. In fact, it’s more likely that Apple’s simply including bigger batteries to balance out the expected A10 processor that will power the whole show. That will probably mean that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will have comparatively the same battery life as the iPhone 6s/6s Plus.
In terms of the numbers:
- iPhone 7—1,735 mAh battery
- iPhone 7 Plus—2,810 mAh battery
- iPhone 6s—1,715 mAh battery
- iPhone 6s Plus—2,750 mAh battery
- iPhone 6—1,810 mAh battery
- iPhone 6 Plus—2,910 mAh battery
As both new iPhone 7 models are said to have approximately the same size and depth as the current models, it’s unclear whether the slightly larger batteries might be due to advances in battery and packaging technology or the fact that the upcoming handsets will have fewer chips that will be more tightly integrated on the logic board.
As it stands right now, the iPhone 7 is expected to feature only a slight change when it comes to the physical design, shifting the antenna bands and offering a slightly thinner frame thanks to a lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. The iPhone 7 Plus, while also including those aforementioned changes, is also expected to feature a dual-camera system.