Leaving this year’s iPhone X speaking about its successor next year, which could feature up to 10-percent more battery power if Apple and LG Chem partners. According to Kuo, Apple is developing L-Shaped batteries to power two new OLED iPhone models set to debut next fall.
The news comes straight from the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, notes all three handsets expected to launch next year will boast increased energy capabilities. As opposed to the two-cell battery used in the iPhone X. The two models with an OLED screen will both be powered by a single cell battery shaped like the “L”.
In fact, Apple’s iPhone X employs two separate batteries that are placed together also forming an “L” shape. Next year’s version of the X could be capable of up to 10 percent more battery power if Apple and LG Chem find a way to deploy a one-cell battery design for the device’s L-shaped battery. Versus the current iPhone X with two-cell battery design.
Kuo also says the more space efficient one-cell design would allow Apple to boost battery capacity from 2716mAh in the iPhone X to somewhere between 2900 and 3000 mAh for next year’s 5.8-inch iPhone.
He also believes Apple will release three new iPhone models with TrueDepth cameras next year: a larger 6.5-inch OLED model that can be thought as an “iPhone X Plus”, a 5.8-inch OLED successor to the X, and a 6.1-inch LCD model. If today’s report is anything to go by, Apple likely to use a two-cell battery design in the 6.5″ model. But again, the larger size of the device will still allow it to have a capacity in the range of 3300 to 3400mAh.
“Two new 2H18 iPhone models could adopt L-shaped battery (6.5” & 5.8” OLED models), with capacity upgraded for all models. In order to extend battery life, we believe it is necessary to expand battery capacity because all three new 2H18 models will be equipped with TrueDepth Camera, which consumes more power. We think Apple (US) is developing a 1-cell L-shaped battery in collaboration with LGC (KR). If the new battery enters mass production on time, the 5.8” OLED iPhone model will come with a battery with larger capacity (2,900-3,000mAh with higher RFPCB ASP $2.1-2.4). For the 6.1” LCD model, we expect Apple to keep the rectangular battery design to keep a better cost structure, and we expect capacity could be larger than those of the iPhone 8 series.”
The reason behind why Apple use a two-cell configuration in the iPhone X is it boils down to the requirement to use an “L” shaped battery. If Apple was able to build a similarly shaped power source with just one cell, Kuo believes you could see improvements in battery capacity. Some observers were surprised to see a two-cell battery inside the iPhone X when it was opened up by iFixit, but there are technical challenges involved in producing non-rectangular battery cells, challenges Apple was unable to overcome in time for the iPhone X debut.
With 2018 iPhones, Kuo expects Apple to have the design ready to go ahead of launch. It’s unsurprising that Apple and its supply chain partners are pushing forward to develop a one-cell design to provide more battery capacity within the same volume. Stay tuned for more.
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