According to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, an improved TrueDepth camera system will cause Apple to put ever bigger capacity batteries in future iPhone models. In a research note, Kuo explained that the bigger batteries will likely debut a couple of years from now, as reported by Mac Rumors.
KGI Securities believes that next year, Apple will be adopting TrueDepth camera technology for 3D sensing, and this will no doubt necessitate the use of batteries with bigger capacities. By 2019, there is a strong likelihood that new iPhone models will come with enhanced 3D sensing capabilities, as well as additional functionalities related to augmented reality (AR). It goes without saying that all those extra features will require more battery power. And because of technologies such as semiconductor manufacturing processes, system in package (SIP), and substrate like PCB (SLP), Apple should be able to make room bigger batteries.
Around two weeks ago, Kuo had made a prediction that next year’s iPhone models will all be fitted with the same large L shaped battery found on this year’s iPhone X. There is talk that this battery will be capable of offering capacity of up to 3,000 mAh. But it is worth mentioning that a bigger battery may not necessarily equate to longer battery life. Even if your handset is equipped with the biggest, baddest battery, it will not last long if your usage drains so much battery power anyway.
But still, this should be exciting news for Apple’s fans -- sort of -- especially after the battery related concerns the iPhone maker has been dealing with recently. Just this week, the tech giant had admitted that it was deliberately slowing down older iPhone models in order to protect the batteries. It turned out that about a year ago, the company had deployed a software update that causes old iPhone units to operate more slowly (than usual). The aim of that software roll out was to reduce the processing speed of iPhones so that their aging batteries would not go bonkers with the heavy processing load.
It was last year when certain users of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s devices started reporting of slower processing, and even cases of units randomly shutting down. The chips of those devices are quite capable of faster processing speeds, but their batteries (some of which are around two years old) just could not keep up. Apple tried to remedy this through software means, deploying an update that would intentionally reduce processing speeds to prevent the battery from exhausting itself. That fix eventually reached other models such as the iPhone 6, the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE through the iOS 10.2.1 release, and the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus devices via the launch of iOS 11.2 earlier this month.
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