Apple is expected to announce a whole new iPhone 15 lineup this September and a new report suggests the company is looking to use a component that could help save battery life.
The component in question is an OLED display driver, with the new part reportedly more power efficient than the one that is currently used in the iPhone 14 lineup.
Whether or not the one chip change will make a huge difference to the way the iPhone 15 sips battery or not remains to be seen, but the switch is said to be all about efficiency rather than new features.
Putting on a good display
The Economic Daily News report has Apple moving away from the 40nm manufacturing process used on the current OLED display drivers and towards a new 28nm one. Just like when CPUs and other components make similar changes in manufacturing processes, this one can be expected to save power and generate less heat than those made on bigger ones.
Despite the focus on efficiency, the Economic Daily News report does also suggest that the new chip will "improve performance," although it isn't immediately clear whether that's something we as users will notice when the new phones arrive later this year.
Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max this September, with pre-orders going live the same week and sales beginning a week after that. Recent rumors have Apple bringing the Dynamic Island to the non-Pro iPhones for the first time and it's suggested the iPhone 15 Pro could have a larger display than the current iPhone 14 Pro, too.
There has also been talk of the iPhone 15 Pro Max being rebadged as the iPhone 15 Ultra, although that isn't clear at this time. Whatever it's called, the new model will be the best iPhone yet thanks to a new periscope camera and improved A17 Bionic chip, assuming the rumors turn out to be accurate.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.