Frequently reliable KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that all three of Apple’s 2018-era iPhones will pack more powerful batteries, while two will take advantage of the redesigned L-shaped battery created for the iPhone X.
Apple is reportedly working to improve the next generation iPhone X equivalent’s battery life from the 2,716mAh of power in the current model to a battery capacity of between 2,900mAh and 3,000mAH next year. Provided that’s real, it theoretically means an increase of 10 percent, or up to a couple of hours — although extra battery life can be eaten up depending on the extra features Apple adds for the handsets.
Kuo suggests that the L-shaped batteries will be restricted to the 2018 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhones, both of which will come with Apple’s high end OLED displays. The entry level phone, meanwhile, will be a 6.1-inch model, which will likely retain the same square battery as the iPhone 8, and sport an LCD screen. He also says that Apple is returning to a metal backed design for this handset, which would indicate no wireless charging.
All of Apple’s iPhones for 2018 will reportedly support pre-5G technology and Face ID. If true, that means that 2017 will be the year we officially wave goodbye to Touch ID, which Apple first introduced in 2013 with the iPhone 5s.
Now that we’ve had a bit of time to get used to Apple’s latest iPhones, what changes would you like to see the company make next year? Are there additional features you’d like to see it introduce, a different price point, or simply something seemingly mundane, but very useful, like enhanced battery life? Let us know in the comments below.