Apple To Upgrade iPhone 16 Design In Important Way, New Leak Claims – Forbes

The next iPhones, the iPhone 16 series, are expected to include models with an all-new battery design. This is important for several reasons and the new report gives hope for all of us who want to hold on to our iPhones for longer.
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The latest report chimes with earlier rumors which predicted a different external material for the battery case, replacing the current foil with a metal case, according to The Information.
This could mean that the next phone could have better thermal management, and so might avoid the controversy of overheating that dogged the iPhone 16 at launched, though it was quickly fixed by a software update.
But it also makes for another important change: it would mean it’s much easier to replace the battery. Right now, changing the battery is fiddly, requiring the careful removing of adhesive strips using tweezers, which becomes more complicated if the strip breaks on removal, so that heat or solvent is required to complete the operation. Replacing the battery is also a complicated procedure.
With the new metal-cased battery and what’s called electrically induced adhesive debonding technology, by applying a low voltage of electricity, the battery can be more easily removed from the chassis.
An easier, and perhaps cheaper, battery replacement process means users may choose to hold on to their iPhones for longer with a fresh battery rather than buying a new phone.
It’s thought the new battery will be found in some iPhone 16 models, though perhaps not all, with the expectation that all models in the iPhone 17 range released in 2025 will see the new design.
Another angle to this story is the influence of the EU, which requires customer-friendly battery replacement in some circumstances. If the cell does not reach 83% of capacity after 500 full charges, or 80% after 1,000 full charges, then the phone is required to have greater access to make replacement easier. While all the latest iPhone 15 models meet the 1,00-charge test, earlier phones do not.
The introduction of a new battery technology like this is a strong message for Apple, showing that iPhones can be more durable after all.

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