The iPhone XR2 may not have any brand new features, but Apple is doing its best to keep up with the competition. The latest details highlight a better battery, but will it make a difference to sales?

Apple’s new iPhone XR are displayed after it went on sale at the Apple Store in Tokyo’s Omotesando shopping district, Japan, May 2, 2019. (Photo by Hitoshi Yamada/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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The capacity of the new battery pack is reported as 3110 mAh. That’s around five percent larger than the current 2942 mAh battery in the iPhone XR. Daniel Petrov picks up the story:

The iPhone XR 2 battery pack orders are reportedly granted to China’s ATL (Amperex) which are the same guys that got the order for non-exploding Galaxy Note 7 packs after the infamous Samsung SDI batteries started catching on fire. The new battery capacity is said to be 3110 mAh, which would make the iPhone XR’s successor with the largest single-cell battery pack in an iPhone ever.

How much extra time that will offer the average user remains to be seen. With the recent report from Which? magazine highlighting Apple’s ambitious numbers, I’ll be waiting for third-party testing to confirm the extra usable time.

Given the small increase, I expect the regular use to be roughly the same – there will be more power available but powering the updated camera and accommodating the new screen technology may be enough to eat up the reservers, even with the presumed efficiency gains of iOS 13. The target of ‘get through an average day at work when the handset comes out the box’ will no doubt be satisfied.

General view of customers at the Apple Covent Garden re-opening and iPhone XR launch at Apple store, Covent Garden (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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Underlying this and other reports on the XR2 is that Apple has nothing new to deliver. A slightly increased battery; a camera that maintains parity with similarly priced Android handsets, albeit with an ugly lens layout on the rear of the smartphone; and retaking a large notch for the forward facing camera.

Is an iterative update to the that keeps pace with the opposition enough to reverse the falling sales and loss of market share?

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