iPhone 5s and 5c batteries see modest increase over iPhone 5

During the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c introduction earlier this week, Apple talked up battery life, but didn't mention any specifics around what size power plant would reside in the back of the new phones. Enter Brian Klug of AnandTech, who has been doing a little digging:

"While poking through the FCC documents and piecing together a story on the network band situation for the iPhone 5S and 5C, I remembered that part of a normal disclosure is in fact battery size. Apple noted the battery on the iPhone 5C increased, and I've been curious about the 5S battery size as well given the different PCB photos with slightly changed aspect ratio that floated around as potential candidates for the 5S. Apple also doesn't disclose the battery size in Whr or mAh on their tech spec pages, making this the only real place to find out outside of opening them up and looking once they're available."

What that translates to is increased capacity from the 1440mAh currently available in the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5c is only slightly increased at around 1507mAh, while the iPhone 5s goes up yet further to around 1570mAh. It's important to remember this information comes from FCC documents and not Apple themselves, though it's not unreasonable to believe that they're accurate.

Of course, battery capacity is only half the story, especially in the higher-spec'd iPhone 5s. What matters to us, and to Apple, is battery life. For that, there's only one true test. And that begins September 20.

Source: AnandTech

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idontlikeonions says:

Last year I decided the iphone 5 wasn't exciting enough to spend my upgrade. I switched to a Samsung Galaxy note 2. I'm on my 3rd Note 2 since November and HATE the stupid thing. I miss iphone and having my "life" synced with my ipad. I miss iphone's durability. I miss Apple! Save me, iMore!

SOV says:

I'm selling my iPhone 5 from Verizon if you're interested lol!

Shravan Shankar says:

Just get the iPhone already without a contract if you miss it that much ! Money is less important than happiness !!!:::))))

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tigerinexile says:

Exactly.

Sell the Note 2, buy a 5s or a 5c from the Apple Store, add AppleCare+.

Chalk the $500 in extra costs up to experience.

ArgonNJ#CB says:

Which has nothing to due with this story.

Good OL MC says:

This makes me nuts.

iPhone battery life as it stands now is certainly passable. Depending on usage you could go most of the day without worrying about a charger. Maybe. They've done a wonderful job of putting smaller batteries in their phones than the competition and getting competitive results because of tight hardware/software integration. It really is to be commended.

But if they just made the damn phones a bit thicker and put a bigger battery it I'd commend them even more.

Trappiste says:

It is the small screen that does the trick, nothing else. Larger-screened models need larger batteries. Still, my old Lumia 900 gave me better battery life than my iP5. The iPhone battery life is so bad it affects how one can use the phone.

ArgonNJ#CB says:

Modest? Is that how you spin this miniscule increase. There is a reason Apple doesn't post the mAh capacity of their iphone batteries, because they are laughable. Every iPhone has suffered from crappy battery life, Apple always try to spin it and tech apologists try to tell you how to extend battery life by turning off basic services. No device should ship with any battery less than 2000 mAh. If that means making the phone a little bigger, so be it, the iPhone is too tiny anyway.

zuniboy says:

to you. its fine for others. not negating what you said, but stop generalizing over whats acceptable/not acceptable. you're not the only consumer out there.

ArgonNJ#CB says:

I forgot to add apologetic fanboys to those who who defend the iPhone tiny battery. Thanks for reminding me.

Roberto Calderon says:

Let's not forget the no-life loser that has nothing else better to go then to randomly log into Apple sites and post negative comments. Maybe I am the weird one but what I don't like something or someone I don't give it any attention. I don't understand the obsession to constantly go on about things that we hate or dislike. Idk I don't have all of that time so constantly breed negativity in any circumstance may be it's because I have two jobs, A social life, and responsibilities.

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Roberto Calderon says:

I really don't know what you are talking about, I've had every iPhone since the iPhone 4 and they always have lasted me throughout the day. Mind you I have over 100 apps mostly games and I'm constantly playing them as well as checking email, surfing the web, streaming and downloading music and movies and I have never had to charge my phone more than once a day. So begone hater. if you're not a fan of Apple products why would you go through all of the trouble of not only l visiting the website and or app all the Apple site but also Creating an account and ordered supposed hate mail on the very same Apple products that you claim to hate? Lastly I have a GS4 n my iphone 5 gives me a better battery life.

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Roberto Calderon says:

I really don't know what you are talking about, I've had every iPhone since the iPhone 4 and they always have lasted me throughout the day. Mind you I have over 100 apps mostly games and I'm constantly playing them as well as checking email, surfing the web, streaming and downloading music and movies and I have never had to charge my phone more than once a day. So begone hater. if you're not a fan of Apple products why would you go through all of the trouble of not only l visiting the website and or app all the Apple site but also Creating an account and ordered supposed hate mail on the very same Apple products that you claim to hate? Lastly I have a GS4 n my iphone 5 gives me a better battery life.

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vinny jr says:

I found myself charging my iPhone 5 twice a day. Didn't think that was acceptable. I had just about all functions shut down besides my data and phone. All other radios, bluetooth, wifi, gps were shut down. I was really hoping the 5S would of bumped their capacity up more than what they did. Hope the other adjustments they made in the OS make an improvement. We will just have to wait and see. Picking the 5S up in white & gold or silver with 64gb int storage. Never have enough storage. I was foaming at the mouth when I heard they were going to introduce the 128gb model but as we know it never happened. Maybe next year. I'm a slob for int storage. Very excited over the new iPhone 5S. I'm also a Android hacker for years, love the Android OS, own several of the top devices and will probably also buy the new Note 3. I guess I just enjoy electronics, Allot.

Trappiste says:

They did not really increase the battery size since people buy it anyway. Yes, everyone complains, but buys it nonetheless. So no increase. They don't have to.

Roberto Calderon says:

That is odd I never have my GPS and locations services off n I never have to charge my phone more than once a day plus I am a very heavy user. However, I do turn off most of those little sounds Like the clicking of the keyboard in order to save more battery life.

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RorryAffiat says:

hmm,. i have use iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and now on iPhone 5,.
(i have used Blackberry, LG Android, and Nokia WP also)
and for iPhone i never have any problem with the battery,.
on average use (daily mail, social media, messaging, games, all using full 3G)
i only charge my phone once per-day, max twice a day(the second charge usually at night). sometimes i event charge it only one time and it last for two days.

so think with the 5S, with the new improvement on the hardware & software
we'll have an improvement on battery life (i hope)