Report: Apple addressing heat dissipation challenges in ‘iPhone X’ design

A new report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple’s rumored 2017 flagship iPhone, now being referred to by many as the “iPhone X,” will face increased heat dissipation issues, AppleInsider reports. With the new high-end iPhone expected to incorporate wireless charging and a glass external casing — both factors that will generate and retain heat inside the device — Kuo expects that Apple will be adding a graphite sheet inside the iPhone to help dissipate heat. According to Kuo, Apple plans to switch to a new 3D Touch film sensor that will be more heat-sensitive. Kuo indicates that this addition should be enough to prevent any issues with malfunctions or performance due to overheating, such as that users “won’t notice a difference.”
A Wednesday report from Fast Company also lends weight to the new components being used in the next-generation flagship iPhone, suggesting that the new 3D Touch panel alone could be enough to drive the cost of the higher-end model — which would be a larger 5.8-inch form factor — above the $1,000 mark. Reports also suggest that Apple still plans to release updated “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” models as minor upgrades in the traditional 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch sizes.


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