Apple’s iPhone 8 – and the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus – will launch in just a few months.
Development work on these handsets has now wrapped, and that means work on the next-generation has now officially begun.
The iPhone 9, or whatever it is called when it is launched in 2018, will use OLED panels, as all iPhones post-2017 will, look similar to the iPhone 8, as Apple is now on a three-year hardware cycle, and, according to new intelligence, utilise a different style of battery.
The new battery will come from LG, according to reports in the Korea Economic Daily, and it will be L-shaped. This departure in design allows for more room in the lower portion of the handset, which Apple could use to fit more components in.
“The battery that LG Chem will supply to the iPhone 9 is an “L-shape” battery, which is bent to the right at the bottom. Apple has customized it to take advantage of the space on the bottom right of the iPhone that has evolved from the development of electronic component integration technology,” said the report.
Mass production of the battery for the iPhone 9 is reported to be kicking off in early 2018.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first we’ve heard about an L-Shaped battery inside an iPhone. Back in February, Ming-Shi Kuo claimed Apple would use something similar inside its iPhone 8, only this one was referred to as a “stacked logic board”.
The analyst even provided a leaked schematic of the proposed setup, which you can see below:
The iPhone 8 is expected to add in a significant battery performance uplift over the current iPhone 7 Plus. And it is rumoured to do this without increasing the size of the battery cell itself.
We’ll update you with more information as we get it.