Alleged pics of the iPhone 5 battery from website 9to5Mac. Despite having more capacity and charge, battery life for the next-gen iPhone will most likely remain around the same due to more features draining the power. (Photo : 9to5Mac)
Hoping for a longer battery life in the next-gen iPhone? Well, here's some good news and some bad news. It looks like Apple will be introducing a larger-capacity battery into the iPhone 5, but the problem lies in the fact that any extension of battery life will most likely be offset by the new phone's increased capabilities.
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Rumors about the iPhone 5 have been circulating viciously for the past few months now, with many websites claiming insider sources and leaks. A look at Bing and Yahoo search engines shows that "iPhone 5" is the most searched term at the moment. Most of them point to the rumors described below, and the battery pack leak is one of the latest details to make its way around.
Website 9to5Mac posted images of alleged iPhone 5 battery packs, showing that the battery will have more voltage and power. The battery pack will only be 10 mAh more powerful than the 1430 mAh battery the current iPhone 4S has, and will run at 3.8V rather than the current 3.7V. The numbers indicate that the next-gen iPhone won't be delivering an obscene amount of hours of use, and more likely than not, the iPhone 5's life will be on par with the iPhone 4S.
Part of the reason for this will be because of the iPhone 5's rumored features. The iPhone 5 should feature 4G LTE support which will put more of a strain on the battery than the current iPhone 4S's 3G capabilities. Apple's next iPhone should also come with a quad-core processor, which usually helps with battery life since it is more efficient, but once again, this gain will probably be offset by the iPhone 5's increased capabilities.
The next-gen iPhone should also come with an NFC chip and Apple's new iOS 6. Google-backed features such as Youtube and Google Maps will no longer be a part of Apple's stock iPhone, but expect them to show up in the App store.
Other rumors include an $800 price tag. More likely than not, the iPhone 5 will cost that much - without a standard two-year contract. With a contract or an upgrade plan, however, the iPhone 5 will probably start at around $200, the same price as rival Samsung's Galaxy S3.
Apple is supposed to reveal the iPhone 5, and a whole new line of Apple products, at an announcement on September 12. The smartphone should be available to customers in late September/October.