The devices we use every day are more and more powerful, gain more functions, have more components, and yet their battery lasts about the same. Part of the reason for this feat is the software optimization Apple has done, but that’s not the only way forward, an increase in battery size is on the horizon according to DigiTimes.

More battery thanks to smaller components

Increasing the battery size of a device is not as easy as it seems. Especially on an iPhone, with the enormous degree of miniaturization and the dramatic number of components required, the space inside the device is a very precious commodity. At Apple, they are fully aware of this and that is why they are planning a small change that will allow them to increase the amount of battery in our devices.

According to DigiTimes, Apple plans to adopt integrated passive device technology for peripherals in its products. These new chips are smaller and also more powerful, which makes it possible to reduce the size of the circuits and to increase the size available to introduce a larger battery.

Apple is expected to dramatically increase the adoption of IPDs (Integrated Passive Devices) for new iPhones and other iOS products, providing solid business opportunities for manufacturing partners TSMC and Amkor, industry sources say. Peripheral chips of iPhone, iPad and MacBook series become more and more thin and with higher performance to make more space for larger capacity battery solutions for devices, and the demand for IPD will increase sharply in accordance on trend, sources said.

The eternal balance between thinness and battery.

Although DigiTimes gives us no arrival date for these new small chips, it does mention that Apple has approved the sixth generation TSMC mass production process for the new iPhones or iPads. It is also important to remember that several rumors claim that the iPhone 13 will benefit from a larger battery and that we have seen several patents and rumors published by Apple where the possibility of increasing their size is explored by reducing the size of the protectors. , encapsulation, etc. .

As we said at the beginning of the article, more and more components have to find their place in the small space that an iPhone offers. A trend that we expect to increase rather than decrease. We see it, to cite an example, in the increased size of camera modules that we expect for the new iPhone 13.

It’s a bit risky to think that this new chip technology will arrive on the iPhone 13s this year, although we can’t rule it out either. What is clear is that Apple is exploring ways to improve the battery life of all of our devices and is already taking steps to implement techniques to achieve this, which we will certainly appreciate.

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