Tag: battery

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

New Apple Leak Reveals iPhone 12 Battery Shock

Apple’s iPhone 12 series launches in less than two days, but excitement about their release has been curtailed following multiple leaks detailing design compromises and cost cutting. But the biggest fear was just crushed. 

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Following leaks that Apple will equip the iPhone 12 range with smaller batteries than their predecessors, prolific industry insider Max Weinbach has confirmed “finalized and revised” information about the models, revealing they will somehow deliver better battery life than the iPhone 11 series. This is massive news, given poor battery life is a deal breaker for many users.

Weinbach, via his PineLeaks account, states that iPhone 12 upgraders should “expect at least a 1 hour battery life increase for the Pro models”. This is a remarkable achievement considering they also have power draining 5G modems, which have forced rivals to fit significantly larger batteries just to stand still (hat tip to Apple’s remarkable new A14 chipset). Weinbach says the exception is the all-new iPhone 12 mini which will “perform worse than the current ‌iPhone 11‌, which is expected because of its [smaller] form factor.”

That said, it isn’t all good news. The leaker also retweeted a claim by respected tipster Jon Prosser that the iPhone 12 range will miss out on 120Hz ProMotion displays and the decision was “100% about battery life.” Prosser explains that the “Hardware was more than capable – but it just eats through battery, and 5G drains enough battery by itself. It was basically a choice between 120Hz or 5G, and they picked 5G.” 

Prosser goes on to say this was the right decision because “5G is

01
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Does Tesla’s Battery Day Mean Energy Storage Manufacturers Must Become Miners?

The world is electrifying at a rapid pace and the mining industry seems to be becoming a quiet but key player in the electrification process. Tesla’s
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recent ‘Battery Day’ announcements only highlight the incredible challenges facing the electricity storage market, and raise significant questions about how the market will evolve.

We know that demand for energy storage is surging to meet increasing demand for renewable energy and electrified transport. According to Maria Xylia at Sweco Sweden, only 3% of global capacity can be currently stored and energy demand itself is expected to increase over 50% to 2050. Storage is a fundamental necessity for the integration of renewables into a smoothly running and efficient energy system, and it needs to be cost-effective, high performance and safe.

As Dr. Young-hye Na, Manager, Materials Innovations for Next-Gen Batteries, IBM Research says, “Enabling better battery energy storage will be key to a successful energy transition to renewables and net-zero carbon emissions. While lithium-ion batteries have advanced significantly by cutting cost and improving energy density for the last decade, it is still too expensive to be widely adopted for EV and renewable applications, and heavy metals that are needed to make these batteries – ex. cobalt and nickel – have brought environmental concerns associated with their invasive and energy intensive mining.”

Tesla’s ‘Battery Day’ left experts somewhat puzzled. There had been high expectations of breakthrough announcements but the company laid out future plans for building its own batteries and its own supply chain, and for massively ramping up production to 2030. The company announced a new cell design which could cut battery costs in half but it’s yet ready. It can take up to ten years for a battery to move from the lab to commercial production. For an audience expecting significant change, it