In a press release posted today, Apple surprised everyone with battery life details for the iPhone which is slated to ship on June 29th. Originally Apple boasted that the iPhone would feature 5 hours of talk time back in January when it was first introduced. That was a great number to start with considering how poor the battery life typically is with Smartphones, however, they have confirmed that the iPhone will in fact be capable of an impressive 8 hours of talk time.

Additional Battery Life Details:

  • 6 hours of Internet use
  • 7 hours video playback
  • 24 hours audio playback
  • 10 days of standby

To put this into perspective, Apple included talk time data for some of their competitors.  The iPhone beat out the closest competitor, the Samsung Blackjack, by two and a half hours.  With phones like the Nokia N95, the Blackberry Curve 8300, and the Palm Treo 750, the iPhone beat their talk time by 4 hours!


Clearly they changed something with the battery to boost the numbers like they did, but Apple hasn’t mentioned whether they started using an entirely new battery, or if better management contributed. The graph below details the changes in battery-life since January:


Another upgrade that they mentioned in the press release deals with the surface of the phone.  Steve Jobs says: “We’ve also upgraded iPhone’s entire top surface from plastic to optical-quality glass for superior scratch resistance and clarity.” All of their other competitors that were mentioned use plastic.

Come June 29th, the iPhone will be available at Apple retail stores, online stores, and at certain AT&T stores. Oh, and probably eBay too.