Leaked photos hint at a higher-capacity battery for the next version of Apple Inc.'s popular iPhone smartphone, an Apple enthusiast site said this week.
The photos of the new battery, along with those of a thinner enclosure, hint at a slimmer and LTE-capable iPhone, 9to5mac.com said.
"Notably, these new battery packs sport a higher capacity than the packs in previous generations of Apple’s smartphone. This new battery features a capacity of 1440 mAh. That is up from the capacity of 1430 mAh on the iPhone 4S and up from 1420 mAh on the iPhone 4, according to iPhone repair shop iFixYouri, whom examined the battery photos," it said
It also noted that earlier this year, it posted photos of an all-new thinner enclosure, metal design, and smaller dock connector that hinted at a slimmer new iPhone.
According to 9to5mac.com, the new battery features a new voltage of 3.8, up slightly from 3.7 on both the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4.
The new battery also has an increased watts-per-hour measurement (wHr), 5.45 wHr, higher than the 5.25 and 5.3 on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, respectively.
It added this is a proportional increase due to the increase from 1430 to 1440 mAh.
On the other hand, it said such an increase in capacity may jibe with rumors of the new iPhone being capable of LTE network connectivity, though the increase in the new battery from previous ones is not that big.
"LTE, infamously, requires bigger batteries because of the power that the faster network takes. However, it seems like the jump in battery capacity from the previous iPhones to this new iPhone is not all that huge," it said.
The 9to5mac.com article also noted the battery's labeling indicated it was produced in June 2012 - "right on schedule for next-generation iPhone component manufacturing."
It noted the next iPhone is expected to be announced and go on sale in September.
9to5mac.com also speculated either the higher-capacity battery would not be for LTE, or it could be for a new tweaked chip that can run LTE without needing a much larger battery.
"We also speculate that Apple may indeed be moving ahead with latest version of the Qualcomm Gobi chips that has a smaller smaller battery draw than previous versions," it said. —GMA News