We all want our smartphones to offer the best possible battery capacity. Manufacturers have to strike a balance between the powerful specs and features that they put into their devices against a reasonable battery life. As Apple is expected to introduce 3D sensing and augmented reality features that require more power in 2019’s iPhones, it may be working on new technology to increase battery capacity for its next-generation smartphones.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims that Apple has been trying to find ways to increase the battery capacity as it’s going to introduce new 3D sensing and augmented reality features for the iPhone in 2019.

Apple is expected to continue expanding iPhone battery capacity in 2019 and 2020. Advancement in Apple’s key technologies which include systems-in-package, semiconductor manufacturing processes, and substrate-like printed circuit boards might allow the company to free up more space inside the handset for larger batteries.

On the battery technology front, some in the supply chain suggest that Apple will use flexible printed circuit board technology starting next year. Kuo claims that Apple will use rigid-flex printed circuit board batteries instead. That’s because flexible printed circuit board technology requires a hotbar or connector which takes up more space.

On the other hand, the power integrated circuit can be mounted on the rigid part of the rigid-flex printed circuit board using surface mount technology. This, according to the well-connected analyst, will result in a “superior battery.”

It’s unheard of for Apple to comment on supply chain rumors so we can’t expect any clarity on this from the company.

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