4 New Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Batteries, Sapphire, Haptics, and Chips

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It seems that as the expected September launch date for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone models draws nearer, the number of iPhone 6 rumors and component leaks is steadily increasing. The Apple rumor mill was especially active this past week with the emergence of several big iPhone 6-related stories. Here are the latest iPhone 6 rumors making the rounds this week.

1. The iPhone 6 Battery Will Feature Minor Capacity Boost

The source: As you may have heard, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 is widely expected to be released in two versions with larger screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The significant screen size upgrade is expected to give Apple’s iPhone sales an extra boost this fall since the largest iPhone screen size currently available is only 4 inches. However, Apple customers who may have been hoping for an equally dramatic boost in battery life may be disappointed.

According to Chinese tech site IT168 via GforGames, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 model will feature a battery with a capacity between 1,800 and 1,900 mAh, while the 5.5-inch model will come equipped with a 2,500 mAh battery. Although this will give the smaller iPhone 6 version about a 15 percent larger battery capacity than the current iPhone 5S/5C batteries, the device’s larger screen may offset any potential gain in overall battery life. The 2,500 mAh capacity battery used for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is also smaller than the batteries used by many similarly sized competitors. For example, the 5.5-inch LG G3 features a 3,000 mAh battery, while the 5.7-inch Samsung (SSNLF.PK) Galaxy Note 3 uses a 3,200 mAh battery.

The background: Although the rumored iPhone 6 battery capacities are smaller than those used by several other Android-based smartphone makers, it is also possible that Apple is using other methods — such as software improvements — to improve the device’s battery life. Just as Apple has found ways to improve image quality without boosting the iPhone camera’s pixel count, the Cupertino-based company may have also found alternative ways to extend battery life without making the iPhone 6 unnecessarily bulky.