Purported iPhone 11 logic board signals big changes

Purported iPhone 11 logic board signals big changes


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Apple's first 5nm chips are expected to ship in iPhone and iPad this year.
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We already have a pretty good idea what the next-generation iPhone lineup will look like on the outside. And thanks to a new leak, we can take a sneak peek at its insides, too.

These images are of a logic board purportedly destined for the iPhone 11 — and they signal some big changes.

Apple might be the most secretive company in tech, but it has been a long time since it launched an iPhone that hadn’t leaked out early. It’s no surprise, then, that the iPhone 11 leaks keep coming.

The latest brings pictures and a blueprint of what is arguably the handset’s most interesting internal component.

iPhone 11 logic board changes shape

There’s not a great deal we can learn from these pictures of what is claimed to be the iPhone 11’s logic board. They don’t currently house any chips. But that doesn’t mean they’re not significant.

The big surprise is it’s not L-shaped.
Photo: Slashleaks

One thing we can take from these images is the shape of the board. It looks to be a rectangle like the logic boards inside earlier iPhones, signaling a change from the L-shaped boards in the more recent iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XR.

The board looks narrow and short, suggesting it will sit beneath the rear-facing camera modules on the right side of the iPhone. This would leave room for a large battery on the left side.

Better battery life in 2019

The images follow claims from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who previously predicted this year’s iPhone 11 would offer around 20% more battery life than the iPhone XS.

The iPhone 11 Max is expected to bring an increase of 10%, which the successor to the iPhone XR — which already offers better battery life than any other iPhone — will also see a slight increase.

In case the photo wasn’t enough, there’s also a blueprint.
Photo: Slashleaks

These boosts will obviously allow us to use our handsets longer in between charges. But they could also pave the way for Apple’s rumored two-way wireless charging feature, which would allow you to charge other devices — like AirPods and Apple Watch — simply by placing them down on the back of your iPhone.

What else can we expect from iPhone 11?

Although we don’t see it in these images, the next-generation iPhone lineup is expected to feature an even faster A13 processor. We can also look forward to big improvements in photography.

Aside from those things, however, we don’t expect too many drastic changes. The new devices are expected to look a lot like their predecessors, but with additional camera sensors on the back.

Via: Slashleaks


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