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Beefier batteries are needed to bolster Apple’s TrueDepth tech

by Justin Herrick | December 21, 2017December 21, 2017 9:00 am EST

Over the years we’ve been impressed by just how far Apple can make an iPhone last on a single charge. Unlike its competitors, the company doesn’t pack a massive battery inside its devices. Apple accomplishes decent battery life since its hardware and software are made for each other. But if the company wants future iPhone models to be as innovative as the iPhone X, it’ll need to start fattening the batteries it uses.

Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst with a proven track record relating to all things Apple, says it’s the TrueDepth camera system that will be demanding considerably more power from the iPhone as early as 2019.

For those unfamiliar, the TrueDepth technology on the iPhone X is a collection of cameras and sensors capable of analyzing a user’s appearance. It’s what allows things like FaceID and Animoji to work at a high level. Apple’s technology fires 30,000 laser dots onto a user’s face to recognize them for authentication or tracking, a much more effective and secure method than what others have implemented.

Facial recognition on the iPhone X, however, isn’t perfect. Although it rarely fails when viewing the same person with various looks, there have been times when a completely different person is able to unlock a device. That’s why Apple has to continue investing in the technology’s growth.

Here’s a snippet from the report, which was obtained by MacRumors:

“Apple capable of designing new system for large-capacity batteries: We believe the adoption of TrueDepth camera for 3D sensing in 2017-18 will create demand for larger-capacity batteries. From 2019, we predict iPhone may adopt upgraded 3D-sensing and AR-related functions, and it will consume more power, further increasing demand for large-capacity batteries.”

A report published in November also suggested Apple would also like to implement the TrueDepth camera system on the back of an iPhone in 2019. So there would definitely need to be bigger, more efficient batteries housed inside those iPhone models. Apple probably couldn’t be able to get away with sub-3000mAh batteries anymore.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...