Here’s some good news for iPhone fans. The upcoming 2020 iPhone models may feature larger capacity batteries thanks to a reduction in the size of battery protection circuitry. Apple Insider reports that, per supply-chain sources, the new PMP (protection module package) for iPhone batteries is said to be 50 percent smaller and thinner. What effect will this have on the battery itself?
A Smaller PMP Modules Translates to Larger Capacity
According to The Elec, a Korean news outlet, Korean firm ITM will be one of the suppliers of the new PMP module, alongside Taiwan-based Compeq and MinebeaMitsumi from Japan. The PMP modules from these manufacturers will be significantly smaller than the ones found in existing iPhone models.
This leaves a large amount of extra space, which could potentially be used to increase battery size. While the iPhone 11 Pro Max is no slouch in the battery life department, the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro deliver good, not exceptional battery life. A higher-capacity battery, thanks to the PMP shrinkage could mean that 2020 iPhone users get more hours of gameplay, media, and chat from their iPhone.
A larger battery size is far from certain, however. A report by Ming Chi Kuo indicates that the addition of 5G may require 2020 iPhones to feature larger circuit boards. The extra space from the PMP module shrinkage could just be to accomodate 5G connectivity.
In any case, 2020 looks to be an interesting year for iPhone fans. Predictions indicate that all 2020 models may finally sport OLED displays. And moreover, 2 of the three reported models might feature 5G. Apple may introduce a 5nm chip to power the 2020 iPhones. With chipmakers like Intel struggling at the 14nm process, Apple’s R&D expertise would be demonstrated to everyone.
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