Apple's iPhone Xs/Plus tipped to come with high-capacity L-shaped batteries by LG

The battery cell separator of the iPhone X may be a thing of the past in the Xs, increasing capacity

The battery cell separator of the iPhone X may be a thing of the past in the Xs, increasing capacity

The rumors that Apple will be utilizing an L-shaped battery in the iPhone X actually materialized, though not to the extent initially thought. The usage of stacked system board in the X allowed Apple to fit all chippery in half the space the motherboard is taking in, say, the iPhone 8 Plus, leaving plenty of room for another battery cell underneath it. As a result, the iPhone X, which in size is not much larger than the iPhone 8, has a much higher, 2716 mAh battery capacity.

This year, however, Apple is allegedly planning to bend fully in L-shape, and equip the upcoming heirs of the iPhone X with one-cell L-shaped batteries, which means there will be no need for a separator, making the battery lighter, and with a higher capacity than what we have now. Apple has reportedly partnered with LG Chem, which has experience producing such shape-shifting battery packs, and has built a factory in Nanjing, China, dedicated entirely to iPhone battery production. 

Apple is said to be currently inspecting the facilities to give it the green light for producing those higher-capacity batteries for the iPhone Xs (XI) and Xs Plus (XI Plus), or whatever Apple decides to name them. 

The rumored affordable iPhone 9, however, with its 6.1" LCD display, will arguably be shipped with a regular rectangular battery pack, as famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tipped the other day that it won't have the stacked system board of its upcoming OLED brethren. The same analyst said way back in December that if Apple goes with the one-cell L battery, the iPhone Xs will sport a 3000 mAh pack, which should bode well for its endurance on a charge.

Apple's iPhone Xs/Plus tipped to come with high-capacity L-shaped batteries by LG

source: ETNews (translated)

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30 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Looking forward to 6'1" lcd based iPhone. The phone should be awesome, unlike overpriced iPhone X.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also good to see Apple isn't cheaping out so much on battery capacity any more Hopefully they've also improved battery quality so they can last more than 1.5 years before degrading below 80%

2. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Its not an L shaped battery, its two rectangular batteries that form an L shape.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

No, it's called L-shaped battery and Apple invent it /s

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 295; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

They will use one cell L shaped batteries from LG. Apple currently use two cells in the shape of an L but of you read the damn article you’d see the difference.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I just hope Apple takes advantage of the 6.5 inches of screen. No picture in picture, split view, multitasking dock, and it's another waste of a large canvas. And please change the outdated UI look, it's too stale. iThemes maybe...nahhhh.

10. gamehead unregistered

You'd think we'd have those features by now.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple saves features for each iOS update. That’s why we got customisable control centre in iOS 11 instead of iOS 8. Apple could’ve provided it in 8, but waited till it wanted to.

14. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

"Apple saves features for each iOS update" We all thought Apple saves iBugs for each iOS update, not features. 99% of iOS updates are usually just fixes and patches for things the previous update broke. This iHero knows it, too but he chose to say they save features for iOS updates. LMAOOOO "That’s why we got customisable control centre in iOS 11 instead of iOS 8. Apple could’ve provided it in 8, but waited till it wanted to." This iHero's so blind he had to learn how to control & use his telepathic powers.

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Plus models, and X should have them already. Not sure why Apple won't include them.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

That’s what annoys me so much. Not including some much wanted features when Apple can and make its user base happy. But I guess Apple will stay stubborn in the near future as well. As I said before, likely millions of iOS users would have to stop using Apple devices in order for Apple to get to its feet and try to please its customers. Otherwise it will just remain lazy.

13. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

So I put the note 8 down and have forced myself to use the X as my daily driver for work and play... The iPhone UI is so outdated it's not even funny anymore. I can definitely appreciate the themes and customization of different launchers and more themes with Android. I really miss split screen and can't wait to get my hands on the S9+. I will probably get the 6.5in Xs and if nothing changes with the UI and or features I'll probably be done with apple until that gets updated...

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2886; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

iPhones do lack in features, I give you that. But that simplicity is what I like about it.

21. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1793; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Definitely nothing wrong with that...

22. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Other phones are simple, too but just rocks way more features than iPhones.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Also true. If you don't want to use the features, then simply don't.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nothing at all.

5. Iodine

Posts: 1471; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well only significant battery improvement in years. Thank you god for stacked motherboards ! The fact they got to Plus iPhone battery size in such a small body is great. Now lower the power consumption of that display and make a single L cell for even more capacity and it’s gonna be awesome. And everybody bring it to lower prices so everybody can enjoy longer battery life !

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

With iphone X size, a battery of 3000mAh could be used. Pretty similar size compared to S7. Iphone X has 2716mAh.

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

3000mAh should be bettery of i6+.

9. gamehead unregistered

Just please get rid of the notch and whos ever idea it was.

11. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Since Apple likes to make batteries smaller and smaller (for the most part) while having the same battery life, why not add that "open space" on the 2018 iPhones with a FREAKING HEADPHONE JACK! Just admit you screwed up on the timing on removing the 3.5mm jack and give it back.. Take it away when it is the correct time.. Use your Courage to admit to your mistakes Apple. A boy can dream can't he?

19. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

What Apple you won't ask Samsung for batteries? xD

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