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!

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Omg ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) This didn't surprise me.

10. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like Motorola does.

23. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

27. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

41. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The battery life has been terrible on both X phones.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Moto X and even those phones suck.

49. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 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

55. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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?

69. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

73. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

77. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

82. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

30. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

44. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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?

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

62. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 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?

54. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

71. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

72. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

74. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

79. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

80. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

81. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

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

66. CptPwn

Posts: 26; Member since: Mar 20, 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.

28. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 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.

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