Apple might end up using custom battery protection module from ITM Semiconductor which could be almost 50% thinner and lighter in size. This could allow Apple to free up more space internally which could be used to slightly bump the battery capacity.
Apparently, ITM Semiconductor is also supplying Samsung with the same thinner and lighter battery protection module for the Galaxy S11 series.
ITM Semiconductor already supplies Apple with battery protection modules for the iPhone 11 series but they are not its custom ones since Apple also sources these components from Compeq and MinebeaMitsumi.
The custom battery protection module from ITM Semiconductor combines the MOSFET, PCB, and protection circuit into one which has allowed them to get rid of the holder case. This frees up precious internal space that can be used to bump the battery capacity.
Apple has already bumped the battery capacity in a big way on its iPhone 11 lineup this year. The iPhone 11 Pro lasts up to six hours more than last year’s iPhone XS Max, while the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro lasts five hours more than the iPhone XS.
For 2020, Apple is expected to introduce iPhones with a completely refreshed design, 5G, bigger display, and more. The addition of 5G alone will lead to a noticeable increase in battery drain which would require the company to improve the efficiency of other components and fit a bigger battery on its 2020 iPhones.
[Via The Elec]