The iPhone 5 could pack a significantly larger battery, thanks to a thinner in-cell touch display, an analyst forecasts.
Shawn Lee, a research director at DisplaySearch, thinks instead of merely slimming down the next-generation iKit, the new touch screen tech could allow the Apple to substantially boost the iPhone 5’s battery life, which he reckons is of far more importance.
Lee wrote in a blog post: "In-cell touch can bring additional benefits [such as] enabling greater battery capacity.
"We assume that in-cell touch could result in the display module being 0.5 mm thinner, which, combined with battery density of at least 600 Wh/l [Watt-hours per liter], would result in an increase in battery capacity of at least 40 per cent in the iPhone 5."
Last year, we asked uSwitch readers which iPhone 5 feature they wanted to see the most and an overwhelming majority (24.5 per cent) said longer battery life. So clearly the demand is there for a longer-lasting iPhone.
Moreover, if the iPhone 5 really features a larger, four-inch screen and a quad-core chipset as a deluge of rumours and leaks would suggest, then packing a more capacious battery makes a lot of sense.
In my opinion, the iPhone is already a reasonably thin device. Whether the new one is slimmer or not is not a deal breaker for me, but it is important that it has enough juice to last through the day.
If Apple really listens to what the consumers want, it should at the very least ensure the battery life is scaled according to any specs changes rather than compromised for the sake of a sexier form factor.
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