With Apple revealing the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus launch is just 10 days away, almost every exciting element of the new phones has now been leaked. But now there is a triple dose of bad news…
Bad News #1
China’s cnBeta has a reputation turning up last minute Apple leaks and the site has done it again having obtained iPhone 6S Plus retail packaging. On the surface it looks familiar but stylish and gives credence to talk that iOS 9 will support dynamic wallpapers – including region specific options like the gold and black butterfly koi pictured here – for the first time.
The problem is cnBeta has also learnt something very concerning about the new iPhones: both the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will have reduced battery capacities:
iPhone 6 – 1810 mAh, iPhone 6 Plus – 2910 mAh
iPhone 6S – 1715 mAh, iPhone 6S Plus – 2750 mAh
These aren’t huge decreases (5.3% for the iPhone 6S and 5.5% for the iPhone 6S Plus to be exact), but it is of particular concern for the iPhone 6S as battery life is already one of the worst features of the iPhone 6.
Then again whether these decreases equate to reduced usage times in real world use is open to debate. Apple has stressed iOS 9 will be more efficient than iOS 8, though with both new iPhones packing significantly more powerful hardware it is hard to understand why the company couldn’t at least match the battery capacities of their predecessors. After all, more powerful phones will result in more demanding apps and games.
Then again, the reason for this could lie in the second piece of bad news…
Bad News #2
The ever reliable MacRumors has further bad tidings.
The dedicated Apple site has attained an iPhone 6S front chassis complete with the expected Force Touch component and confirmed the findings of Unbox Therapy: it is indeed thicker and heavier than the iPhone 6.
The good news is the difference is minor at 49.4 grams to 51.2 grams, but the concern is that Apple is not just letting this go. Instead it is looking to claw back the added 2g by thinning out the back of the iPhone 6S.
Given the back of the iPhone 6 is far from indestructible, I suspect many would rather see a few grams added to the weight of the iPhone 6S than the back being made thinner.
The savior could be Apple’s expected move to a stronger 7000 Series aluminium which could offset the thinness. But it comes with yet another side effect: Unbox Therapy found the iPhone 6S has a thicker internal chassis wall at the sides which may well explain why Apple has to fit the smaller batteries mentioned above.