Apple boosts battery life on iPhone

Apple's iPhone will have a much longer battery life than originally expected - and more than rival smart phones - the firm said this week.

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By  Peter Branton Published  June 19, 2007

Apple's iPhone will have a much longer battery life than originally expected - and more than rival smart phones - the firm said this week.

Apple said the iPhone, which is scheduled to be launched on June 29, will give up to eight hours of talk time, or six hours of internet use. When the iPhone was initially announced, the company had said it was looking at delivering up to five hours of talk time.

"With eight hours of talk time, and 24 hours of audio playback, iPhone's battery life is longer than any other ‘Smartphone' and even longer than most MP3 players," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in the statement announcing the improved battery life.

As well as the improved battery performance, Apple was also keen to highlight changes to the surface of the iPhone - the top surface has been upgraded from plastic to optical-quality glass, making it more resistant to scratches and clearer to view.

While Apple's shares rose almost 4% after the announcement, analysts have questioned the battery life claim, which the firm admitted would be dependent on specific configurations.

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