Apple Rumored to Adopt Higher Capacity L-Shaped Battery in 2018 iPhone

A new report suggests that one other key area that might get changed in 2018 is the battery for Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup.

According to a report from Patently Apple, LG Chem –the arm of LG that builds batteries– will be handling launching a single-cell L-shaped battery for at least one new iPhone launched this year. The expectation is that it could fit within the 5.8-inch iPhone X successor, which would mean it could have a higher-capacity battery than the current iPhone X’s 2716mAh offering.

The new single-cell L-shaped battery would replace the current two-cell L-shaped battery in the iPhone X. If the report pans out and Apple adopts this new battery tech and design, it could find its way to other devices, too, which are rumored to launch alongside the iPhone X’s successor. Rumors have swirled that Apple will launch an iPhone X Plus, as well as a 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display.

“The brand new “L-shaped” battery will be produced by LG Chem, the battery-making unit of LG Group. The battery comes in a single cell and has increased capacity over current rectangle iPhone batteries with two battery cells.”

Of course, an earlier rumor today suggested that Apple will actually launch just one smartphone this year with an OLED display, and the company could launch two new iPhone models with LCD displays (probably Full Active LCD panels) this year.

Either way, it sounds like Apple is planning on adopting L-shaped batteries across the board, based on this report. It’s worth noting that the most recent analyst report from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo stated specifically that the 6.1-inch iPhone won’t have an L-shaped battery.

Our Take

It’s good to see Apple considering different battery ideas to elongate usage for the end user. However, we’re definitely already at the point where we are going to start seeing reports that say one thing, and then a new report that says the complete opposite. That’s always fun.

[via Patently Apple]

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