Due to the space constraints of a smartphone, it would not be realistic to expect companies to approach cooling the same way they would with computers, like using fans. This means that companies need to find a way to balance the power the phone outputs and how it manages the heat that it generates.
Now with support for 5G, it means our phones will be working even harder than ever. However, Apple is hoping to solve that problem with the use of vapor chamber cooling technology, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claims that Apple is “aggressively” testing out the tech for its next-gen iPhone.
For those unfamiliar, vapor chamber technology involves the evaporation of a liquid within a specialized heat pipe. This pipe snakes its way through the phone, drawing the heat away from components and causing the liquid to evaporate into a vapor. The vapor is then passed through condenser bodies to remove the heat and return it back to liquid.
It is said that Apple has actually been working on this system for a while now, but apparently the early solutions that they’ve come up with have not met Apple’s standards, which is why it has yet to debut in an iPhone. Could it finally be ready for debut in the iPhone 13? That remains to be seen, so take it with a grain of salt for now.