APPLE’S next iPhone could last well over a day per charge – all thanks to a new processor.
The company’s next mobile chip is expected to boost battery life by as much as 40%, solving a bugbear for many users.
The iPhone has always been mocked – including by Samsung – for its sometimes lacklustre battery life.
But Apple is currently working on a new processor that could fix everything.
This processor is expected to be called the Apple A12, and should feature in all three new iPhone models rumoured to launch in September.
So why will it be better? Because Apple is supposedly changing the core design of the chip.
All computer processors, including the ones in your phone, work using transistors.
Transistors are tiny electronic switches that open and close, allowing electricity to pass through. This switching process is what allows computing to happen.
The more transistors you have on a chip, the more computing you can get done.
Tech companies are always trying to squeeze more transistors into the same amount of space, to boost computing power.
Last year’s iPhone chip was called the A11, and was built using a 10nm manufacturing process. That means the gap between each transistor measures 10 nanometres.
This year, we’re expecting Apple’s chip-maker TSMC (a Taiwanese company) to use a 7nm process to build the Apple A12 chip.
That means there’s an even smaller 7-nanometre gap between transistors – meaning more transistors can be crammed into the same space.
Adding in more transistors means TSMC is promising a speed boost of around 20%, according to Macworld.
But more transistors doesn’t just mean a performance boost – it also means the chip can work more efficiently.
According to TSMC, the 7nm chips will use 40% less power, too.
If everything your phone does uses less power, it means your mobile will last longer per battery charge.
New iPhones 2018 – what should you expect?
Here are the predictions from top analysts at TrendForce…
- The company plans to introduce three new iPhone models later this year
- All three models would continue to feature Face ID, and two of them would be premium versions with an AMOLED screen
- In terms of tech specs, the new iPhones may include two AMOLED versions, with a size of 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch respectively, as well as a less expensive 6.1-inch version with an LCD screen
- For the budget 6.1-inch LCD version, it will come with Face ID, Dual-SIM function, and a larger screen than its predecessor iPhone 8
- The 6.1-inch LCD model would be positioned by Apple’s main product this year, with a production share of around 50% in the new iPhone series
- As for the two premium AMOLED versions, they would both feature a memory content of 4GB
- The 6.5-inch AMOLED version would target at the premium business segment, with an extra-large screen and Dual-SIM service, but the Dual-SIM function is expected to be available only in certain regions
- All three models are expected to be shipped in September and October as previously scheduled
Of course, battery can be impacted by lots of things, including:
So it’s not guaranteed that you’ll see a difference, but assuming all things are equal, Apple’s A12 chip should mean your iPhone will stay charged for longer than last year’s models.
The bad news is that Apple hasn’t actually confirmed any details about its upcoming iPhones.
We can’t say for sure exactly what the company’s new processor will offer in terms of performance.
But we do know that Apple will unleash new iPhones in just a few weeks’ time, so we won’t wait long to find out.
Apple is expected to show off its 2018 iPhone models at an event on Wednesday, September 12.
The phones are rumoured to be available for pre-order two days later, and then land in stores after another five days.
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