Apple’s iPhone 8 will reportedly incorporate a new type of battery technology that will help improve battery life, and in the process, appease users who have long lamented Apple’s preoccupation with thinness at the expense of stellar life.
According to a new report (via MacRumors) from reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be about the same size as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7 but will deliver battery life akin to, if not better than, what the iPhone 7 Plus provides. By utilizing a stacked logic board design, Kuo relays that the iPhone 8 will deliver battery life improvements across the board. Furthermore, battery life will also be bolstered by the device’s OLED display, a more power efficient display technology compared to the LCD screens currently used in existing iPhone models.
Kuo’s note reads in part:
As battery material tech isn’t likely to see major breakthroughs in the next 3-5 years, mainboard area can only be reduced via stacked SLP, which makes space for larger battery and extended usage time. Thanks to stacked SLP, we expect the OLED iPhone to have similar dimensions to a 4.7” TFT-LCD iPhone, and have comparable battery capacity (equipped with around 2,700 mAh L-shaped 2-cell battery pack) to a 5.5” TFT-LCD iPhone.
As a point of reference, the iPhone 7 Plus offers 13 hours of LTE browsing, 15 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and 60 hours of wireless audio playback. If Apple’s iPhone 8 can deliver battery life that exceeds what the iPhone 7 Plus brings to the table, it’s a safe bet that the device will quickly shatter all existing iPhone sales records.
Not surprisingly, the aforementioned stacked logic board design will reportedly be exclusive to Apple’s flagship iPhone 8 model.