Apple will focus on improving battery capacity for next-gen iPhones

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2018 and 2019 iPhones could come with improved batteries.
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According to reliable Apple analyst KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will focus on increasing the iPhone’s battery capacity for both the 2019 and 2020 models.

Kuo claims that Apple’s semiconductor manufacturing processes and substrate-like printed circuit boards will enable it to create the required space in its handsets for these larger batteries. He also suggests that Apple will opt for new “superior” radio frequency printed circuit board (RFPCB) batteries.

Apple is likely to rely on suppliers including Unitech, Compeq and Unimicron for these batteries for at least the next couple of years.

Batteries are a component smartphone manufacturers are constantly looking to downsize as they attempt to make new handsets smaller. They are currently among the largest components in a smartphone, but cannot be easily shrunk down since this can have a negative impact on battery life.

In a previous recent report, Kuo suggested that all three of Apple’s next-gen iPhones will pack more powerful batteries, with two of these utilizing the redesigned L-shaped battery created for the iPhone X. Apple reportedly plans to increase next year’s iPhone X equivalent handset’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.

Battery life is likely to be one part of the 2018 iPhone which comes under heavy scrutiny. This week, Apple confirmed that it makes iPhones run slower as their batteries age. While there is a good reason for this (it prolongs the life of your handset), it has also prompted criticism of Apple. If the company is able to deliver its usual upgrades of the iPhone next year — as well as offering a superior battery — that could well work to Apple’s advantage.

Via: Apple Insider