Apple may have won over the world with the iPhone X but one aspect of design which continues to dog smartphones has remained – battery performance.
After years of rummaging for the charger cable at the most inconvenient of times, Apple will apparently address the cries of its users by providing a class-leading battery life from next year’s model.
The welcome news comes via Nikkei, the world’s largest financial newspaper, who leaked the Cupertino tech giant’s latest plans. According to Forbes, Nikkei spoke to two sources who confirmed that Apple was in the process of creating an in-house power management chip which will be “the most advanced in the industry”.
Holistically, this will help the next generation iPhone excel in the areas of class leading power consumption monitoring and management. The Nikkei claims that users can “expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption”.
“Based on Apple’s current plan, they are set to replace partially, or around half of its power management chips to go into iPhones by itself starting next year,” one Nikkei source claimed.
The second informant backed this up by claiming that Apple is “indeed developing its own power management chips for iPhones”.
The only downside? There’s no official confirmation of the project’s rollout date with the source saying it could even be delayed until 2019.
If it does come to fruition in the next two years, iPhone fans can expect to see thinner iPhone designs as smaller batteries with bigger capacities make their way into mass production. This flow on effect can also potentially free up internal storage space and reduce production costs.
Whether or not those savings make it to the end consumer is another issue altogether. With the iPhone X retailing for well over AU$1,500, we don’t expect to see a bargain anytime soon.