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iPhone Models in 2019 Could Tout Larger Cells Thanks to Brand New Cell Technology

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Dec 21, 2017
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During the iPhone X teardown, a very interesting development revealed that Apple incorporated two cells inside the flagship, but with the iPhone 2019 family, things could be very different. The Cupertino tech company has been rumored to be working on a new battery technology, one that could readily increase the overall capacity while maintaining the same sleekness of phones.

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo in a note to investors on Thursday, Apple is expected to use higher battery capacities in 2019 and 2020. Kuo states that Apple will be focusing on semiconductor manufacturing processes, systems-in-package, and substrate-like printed circuit boards to create the required space necessary for accommodating bigger cells inside the iPhone 2019 family.

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The battery technology will still be lithium-ion, but Apple could adopt a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) technology, and the first smartphone recipients to use this tech might be the iPhone 2018 family. However, there might be some changes added once again. Kuo believes that Apple will use radio frequency printed circuit board (RFPCB) batteries instead of FPCB and he gave his reasons below.

FPCB will require a connector which would end up consuming more space, taking up more room so it will not be feasible.

The power integrated circuit can be mounted on the rigid part of a RFPCB with surface mount technology, which will end up taking less room, allowing room for a bigger battery in place.

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As for the suppliers that will provide Apple with the necessary tech, Kuo sees Unitech, Compeq, and Unimicron benefitting from a future partnership with the iPhone giant.

Kuo previously reported that the iPhone 2018 lineup could feature an L-shaped battery instead of a dual-battery design. The company has also been rumored to employ the use of its own power management circuits, allowing better integration with hardware and software, which could possibly result in better battery life too.

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