The next iPhone may not look like previous models, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be familiar — at least in a bad way. According to 9to5Mac, a “reliable parts source,” the next iPhone will include a battery that is only slightly different than the one on the iPhone 4S/4. In other words, the next iPhone could be a battery hog.
In five variations, the iPhone has often been plagued with battery issues, some of which seemed to had gone away on their own, while others needed a software fix to resolve.
Last fall, for example, there were more than 275 pages of complaints from angry customers about the 4S battery on Apple’s support forum.
Regrettably, the latest rumor suggests the next iPhone will be no better in the battery department. According to the report, the sixth-generation will feature battery packs with a capacity of 1440 mAh. This compares to 1430 mAH for the iPhone 4S, and 1420 mAh for the iPhone 4.
The new battery also has an increased watts-per-hour measurement (wHr), 5.45 wHr, which is an increase from 5.25 and 5.3 on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, respectively.
With the next iPhone expected to include LTE capability, battery functionality becomes even more important. Unfortunately, the spec changes offered here are so tiny they could prove problematic. Luckily, even 9to5Maccalls into question the validity of their report’s content. It states that there is a possibility the batteries in the photos are not for the LTE iPhone, or “it is a part that Apple scrapped all together.”
Therefore, the latest iPhone rumor might not be a rumor at all. Hopefully, this is the case. Otherwise, there will be a lot of angry Apple customers. The next iPhone is expected to debut on Sept. 12.
This article originally published at AppAdvice here.