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Seemingly confirmed: the iPhone 6s comes with a smaller battery than predecessor

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Seemingly confirmed: the iPhone 6s comes with a smaller battery than predecessor

Apple is known to leave out a few key details out of its official specs sheet for their iPhones, with the amount of RAM and battery capacity being the biggest offenders. In the past, this has forced fans to seek out that information elsewhere, and it usually takes a while before a third-party app can identify the memory and/or somebody gets their hands on a unit and tears it down, revealing the cell. With the iPhone 6s, however, we might have been spared the effort, at least as far as the battery question is concerned.

Now, this isn't exactly what we'd call official confirmation, but it's very, very close: one of Apple's iPhone 6s ads actually reveals this critical piece of the puzzle during an animation meant to show off what's under the lid. As you can see, the battery is clearly labeled as a 1,715 mAh unit, which means the new 4.7-inch iPhone has a smaller juicer than its predecessor, which sported a 1,810 cell. Obviously, a difference of 95 mAh is close to negligible when looking at the big picture, but there it is.

For what it's worth, Apple reported identical battery endurance figures. Indeed, like the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6s is rated good for up to 14 hours of talk time over a 3G network, 10 hours of browsing on LTE, 11 hours of HD video playback, 50 hours of audio, and up to 10 days on standby. Apple also claims that iOS 9 will bring some significant battery optimizations to the table — perhaps ones that aren't captured in these estimates — so it'll be interesting to see how it handles our proprietary battery life benchmark test.

Here's the iPhone 6s ad in question (at the 2:53 mark):

Thanks for the tip, Adam!



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posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:09 33

1. bur60 (Posts: 832; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Omg ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

This didn't surprise me.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:21 15

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Wow, I for one am. I mean I had low expectations for their battery to begin with as Apple is overly obsessed with the thickness of the phone but I never expected them to take a step backwards.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:13 2

22. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Just like Motorola does.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:23 11

23. NexusPhan (Posts: 623; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Motorola phones are generally thicker and have massive batteries. Nexus 6? Droid turbo? Moto x play? Moto g?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 21:15 6

27. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


I'm as confused as you. If he's referring to the Moto X, that series went from 720 to 1080 to QHD, and battery life stayed the same. Hardly a step backwards.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:57 1

41. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


The battery life has been terrible on both X phones.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:57 1

40. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Moto X and even those phones suck.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 00:54 4

49. grbrao (Posts: 276; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


just wait and see, how ip6s is gonna suck when compared to all other phones this year.
battery is always a major dissopointment. RAM atleast they would give 2GIG for future proof

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 01:46 1

55. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


In the past you've said that the Moto G and Droid Turbo were good phones, but now they suck. And didn't you just say the other day you were considering the Moto X Pure? So if Motorola is so horrible, why would you be looking at picking one up? That makes zero sense. Or were you just saying it to appear impartial and open-minded when in reality you're anything but?

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 12:18

69. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Ok let me clarify - the "batteries" suck.

I don't think I said anything about Motorola being horrible. They just make stupid decisions. Why am I picking one up? Because it's convenient for my needs. It has the same specs as the Note 4 without the bloat. I don't recall needing anyone's approval. Last I checked this was a free country.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 15:41 1

73. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


You don't think you said anything about them being horrible. You just say they make stupid decisions and bash their devices whenever there's an article on them. I see the difference there.

Needing anyone's approval? Where if the hell did I say that you couldn't get one? I said that I doubted you actually were. Those are not the same things. The reason I said it? You have never had a positive thing to say about Motorola's devices, so if you truly believe that, it would make no sense to get one, regardless of convenience. Unless you just want to have something to bitch about.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 11:27

77. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Even you can question some of the decisions they make. Yes even Apple makes some bs decisions. See you didn't realize I can call Apple out when they're in the wrong or they do something I disagree with. There's no reason why the X 1 and X 2 shouldn't have been great phones given the premise.

I think you just want me to have something to bitc about. I had the first X, passed on the second one, and plan on getting the 3rd one. You just said above I praised the Turbo and the G. So I think you're contradicting yourself.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 13:50

82. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


No, actually I've never seen you call out Apple on anything. Your stick response is "My body is ready". Yes, Motorola does make some bad decisions, but if someone who didn't know the situation saw what you do, they'd think Motorola couldn't make any dcent decision.

No, I'd be very happy if you didn't bitch at all, or at least save it for a good reason. You jump down their throats anytime they do anything. That's the point. I'm contradicting myself? You just said they sucked and as I pointed out, you've said in the past they were good, but now they suck. But I'm the one contradicting myself.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:11 2

30. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Motorola has much larger batteries on even their lowest model phones. And the capacity increases each year, they don't go backwards like Apple did with this year's phone. Hello, the Moto X saw an increase of 700 mAh over last year, 1330 mAh if you compare it to the Moto X Play. Your example is just proof that you suffer from diarrhea of the mouth, talking nothing but sh*t.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:59

42. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Unlike you I can back my sh*t up. You're just mad because what I say is true and you are afraid to admit it.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 00:24 9

44. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Bringing this back to an iPhone discussion on PhoneArena, here are their own test results:

iPhone 5: 4:22
iPhone 5S: 5:02
iPhone 6: 5:22
Moto X '13: 5:50
Moto X '14: 5:45
iPhone 6 Plus: 6:32
Nexus 6: 7:53

Again, what point are you trying to make, calling out Motorola in an iPhone article about battery life?

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 00:48 2

48. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Your sh*t is backed up because you have your head shoved up your @$$, not letting anything out. You have never backed up your posts with facts, just nonsense. Go hug a wall, iPhones have the worst battery life in the industry. All Moto X phones, past and current beat the iPhone 6 in battery life, and their droid line runs circles around anything Apple has ever done.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 04:45 3

62. bur60 (Posts: 832; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Give up man. Is Apple your company? Stop being a fool. Be objective. All companies overcharge their phones in price but Apple takes the cake. Holy s**t how can they do something like this?

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 01:37 1

54. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And here you are again doing what you've been bitching people out forever, bringing up subjects unrelated to the article. And don't say well I only said it because he's a Motorola fan. I've said the same to you and I was told that had no bearing on the subject of this article.

And before you say that I've done it in the past, remember that I'm not the one who's gotten bent out of shape over it, you were. Yet here you are doing it yourself. Hypocrisy, thy name is Mxyzptlk.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 12:22

70. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I thought you were done responding to me? Last time I checked you threw a hissy fit or was seeing Scott being put in his place became too unbearable.

I only brought it up because every time I say something Scott McPanties is always tossing Apple into the argument.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 14:37 1

71. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Just pointing out the obvious, you complain about the battery life of a phone you don't even have so I say why you never complain about the battery life of other companies like Apple, even when the iPhone 6s has a smaller battery than the year before you are still incapable of talking bad about Apple, instead you bring up Motorola in an argument you couldn't possibly win. That is you bring a hypocrite to the extreme.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 11:30

78. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You're wrong again. If you bothered to "read" previous comments you would know I had some doubt about the 6S. You are doing the exact same thing you've accused me of doing. You're full of crap.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 15:36 1

72. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Because two wrongs always make a right, you'll troll on Motorola because some other guy trolls on Apple. Everyone needs a hobby, I guess.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 15:48 1

74. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I was, assuming that the reason you constantly show up in these articles was because you wanted to argue. So I decided to remove myself from the equation. All that did was apparently send you into overdrive, and I had enough.

So you only did what you bitch everyone else out for because someone else did it? I bitch people out for cutting people off in traffic because it's dnsgerous. So naturally I should start cutting people off too because others did it. That's a fine bit of logic you have there. If someone does something you don't like, you don't start doing it to. That will give you the opposite outcome. I'd say you did it because in this instance it works in your favor.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 11:36

79. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I have the right to comment on articles just like you do. I like how you give me the pep talk yet you don't give it to your Motorola cohort over there.

I only called out Scott. Get your facts straight before you go on the attack. I realize two wrongs don't make a right but we are not driving on a highway. We're just a bunch of anonymous users having a pissing contest.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 13:43 1

80. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3775; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I never said you don't have the right to comment. But I do question what you want to get out of it. You go into an article you know has people who like the subject only to bash it. Why? Just to get into these pissing matches? Here's a thought, maybe if you didn't show up in every Motorola article bashing them, Scott wouldn't show up in Apple articles to do the same. A crazy notion I know, most people learned that when they were children, others are a little behind the curve.

So you bitch people out for doing it, but it's OK when you do it because it's not a life or death thing. Then why were you chewing out other people in the first place? It's pretty hypocritical to chew someone else out for doing it, and then do it yourself.

posted on 11 Sep 2015, 13:49

81. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You called me out for making the same comment everyone else had about Apple having a small battery in their new phone? Why are you not defending your precious Apple against posts like...

"This didn't surprise me"

"It does matter. iPhone battery life SUCKS to begin with"

"ifags will be a wallhugger/powerbank hugger"

"NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL"

You're not attacking me for trolling because my response was a rational one, you're attacking me because I call you out in the Motorola articles for trolling and you're a vindictive little b*tch.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 00:26 2

45. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


everybody talking bout android battery which is 2500mAh or 2700 everybody goes like... what a crap battery, what small batt.
But this fail iphones has the lowest battery from all smartphones and nobody say even word that battery gonna sucks .. (I mean ifans will NEVER admit)
Swiping cons under carpet when it comes to iphone .. WHY ? why ppl do this ? what they trying to hide and why they protecting this phone like that ? really logically not understandable

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 07:02

66. CptPwn (Posts: 22; Member since: 20 Mar 2015)


Yeah, why they didn't bump it up to 2000 or 2200 mAh this time, is a real enigma for me. It wouldn't make the phone thicker or bigger, at all.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 21:15 3

28. TSMan2 (banned) (Posts: 363; Member since: 20 Aug 2015)


If it has longer battery life - it doesn't matter.
But it's same like the older 6 lame battery life - it's fail.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 10:07 1

68. McLTE (Posts: 804; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


It does matter. iPhone battery life SUCKS to begin with.. it's rather disappointing that they shoot for the same sucky number and achieve that with a smaller battery.

I believe that consumers would be MUCH happier with thicker phone with significant battery life increases. I don't understand the obsession with thin phones.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 19:05

75. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Here's what I think.
Apple is waiting for a breakthrough in battery technology. Then all at once their battery life will double, which looks much more impressive in a keynote slide than "20% longer." But for that to happen, they need to maintain the current crappy battery life for generations.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:28

33. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


thats how apple makes its money scam the customer well you can get a 16bg and have 5 apps and 20 songs and then it crashes ow and the battery will late 7 hours, or you can get the 64gb for 300 more and so on, wow apple i just gave you a nice job on software for the first time and now i see this

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:44

38. TruPatriot (Posts: 110; Member since: 27 May 2013)


Well this probably means Samsung will cut their battery size by 75%

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 00:19

43. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Why? they did it ? to fit that useless 3d rectangle ?
ooh dearr

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 01:33 1

52. kudus (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


ifags will be a wallhugger/powerbank hugger, always

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:12 18

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 810; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I have to say that I wasn't impressed enough to Buy it. No one knows if it has 2gigs of ram or just 1. At least we know about the battery.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:19 1

8. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I like the force touch concept. It is something different and could potentially be a next direction in usability, potentially not. At least it is a risk and they focused on implementing it thoroughly. I'm all about usability, so I'm interested in seeing it in action.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:26 1

24. NexusPhan (Posts: 623; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I think it's brilliant for power users. Very confusing for the everyday user as there are zero visual cues about where its available and where its not. Likely not going to be very user friends for a lot of the people that buy and use iPhones.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:28 6

12. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I'm pretty sure they would have made a big deal out of it if it had 2GB of RAM. Silence = 1GB...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 19:01 1

16. miket1737 (Posts: 2366; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


no, they never mention RAM ever at iOS keynote though, not ever at 1 keynote have they done so yet, im pretty sure it has 2GB Of RAM though

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 02:32

57. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


How come? 2GB RAM would be a pretty good selling point, wouldn't it make sense to at least mention it at the keynote? Apple logic...

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 06:19

65. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


wtf...I thought it had 2G of ram...battery I wasn't sure

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:13 11

3. xondk (Posts: 1202; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I really do not understand phone creators still trying to get slimmer phones, and at the cost of battery? Why?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:17 12

5. xondk (Posts: 1202; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Holy heck, I just realize the 6s's are bigger then 6, yet have smaller battery...what is going on?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 20:12 1

21. legiloca (Posts: 1199; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


blame it to the new and thicker aluminum build that is tougher but Apple wants it to be almost as thin as last year's so they cut the battery capacity again

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:48

39. Iodine (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Aluminium case has the same thickness, and its also 2g lighter.

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 08:50

67. sissy246 (Posts: 626; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


You need to do some reading and not just posting. It is thicker and is not lighter.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:17 2

7. aesthetics (Posts: 128; Member since: 02 Oct 2014)


Yea... Let it be 1-2mm thicker but at least ~2500mah

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 19:00 3

15. xondk (Posts: 1202; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


It actually IS thicker I realized this looking at the spec numbers, it is like 1-2 mm, yet weaker battery...how why?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:32

34. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3259; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


taptic force drive and screen layers thats why , common sense tells us that,

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:20 3

9. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Agreed. Smaller battery, uncomfortable grip when it starts getting that thin and rounded...

It's all about tradeoffs.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:15 8

4. QWERTYphone (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


NO REMOVABLE BATTERY = FAIL

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 19:53 3

20. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


So everything except LG = FAIL this year eh?

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 23:43 1

37. hwb01 (Posts: 251; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


No fingerprint scanner is also a fail for him, so not until G4 Pro

posted on 10 Sep 2015, 01:35

53. kudus (Posts: 35; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


S6/S6 edge no removable battery & microsd slot. Epic Fail !

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:17 2

6. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


So It Is Smaller, Yet The Battery Life Is The Same, Meaning If They Would Have At Least Made The Phone 7.3mm Instead Of 7.1mm And Put A Larger Battery 2000mAh For Example The Battery Life Would Have Defiantly Been Pretty Good. That's Some BS. This Alone Will Prevent Me From Buying. Apple You Might Sell Tons Of These But One Will Certainly Not Belong To Me.

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:26

11. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Of course...

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:36

13. adam392 (unregistered)


you're welcome guys! ;)

posted on 09 Sep 2015, 18:46 4

14. jellmoo (Posts: 1486; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


To be fair, the Galaxy S6 shipped with a smaller battery than the S5, so it's not unheard of (even though it's a baffling choice).

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