“Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is today out with a new investor note, obtained by 9to5Mac,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac. “In the piece, Kuo breaks down how Apple is working to integrate faster and more versatile circuit boards across its product lineup come 2018.”
“Currently, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X both use a new flexible circuit board made from liquid crystal polymer. Both phones use it in their antenna designs, while the iPhone X also uses it in its TrueDepth camera,” Miller reports. “This LCP FPCB technology allows for high-speed and low-latency data transfer.”
“Kuo explains that Apple is working with manufacturer Career on integrating the technology into the MacBook lineup. This would allow Apple to save a considerable amount of internal space and make it easier to adopt USB 3.2 and other I/O connections,” Miller reports. “For Apple Watch, Apple is believed to be working with Career on LCP antenna designs for LTE connectivity. Currently, the LTE antennas in Apple Watch are PI-based… the new LCP FPCB chips will allow Apple to do other things previously impossible due to the newfound internal space and speed improvements.”
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MacDailyNews Take: While we’re certainly loving Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), we can’t wait to see what comes next in Apple Watch Series 4! And, of course, we hope to see what Apple has planned for their 2018 portable Mac lineup (MacBook Air? Touch Bars throughout the lineup?)