It will be the coolest one? iPhone 16 likely to have a hardware cooling system

Leaks suggest Apple iPhone 16 will introduce advanced cooling solutions, including graphene thermal systems and metal battery casings to ensure the handset remains cool under all conditions.

| Updated on: Nov 17 2023, 13:26 IST
Apple iMac M3 launched; Check price, specs and more
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1/5 Apple Event October 2023: Today, Apple has unveiled the M3 chip, which is its next-generation Apple silicon chipset. After the chip announcements, Apple launched the most anticipated M3-powered iMac. The new M3-powered iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with a resolution of 4480x2520 pixels. The new M3 chip on this iMac features an 8-core CPU, up to a 10-core GPU, and support for up to 24GB of unified memory.  (Apple)
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2/5 The latest iMac features a six-speaker sound system with support for Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos for an unreal experience. For gaming enthusiasts, there is great news as the new iMac boasts hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing for better and more accurate lighting and shadows. (Apple)
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3/5 As claimed by Apple, the new M3-powered iMac is up to 4X faster than the most powerful 21.5-inch iMac and up to 2.5X faster than the most popular 27-inch iMac,  (Apple)
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4/5 iMac features a color-matched keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. Additionally, Touch ID works with Fast User Switching. iMac also features a 1080p FaceTime camera and studio-quality mics. (Apple)
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5/5 The newly launched M3-powered iMac is available in 8-core and 10-core GPU configurations, as well as 256GB and 512GB storage options. The 8-core GPU and 256GB storage iMac starts at $1299 in the US and Rs. 134900 in India. You can get a 10-core GPU and 256GB storage iMac at a price of  $1499 or Rs. 154900, and a 10-core GPU and 512GB storage iMac at a price of $1699 or Rs. 174900. (Apple)
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iPhone 16 expected to feature innovative graphene thermal system following iPhone 15 overheating concerns. (Pixabay)

In the wake of iPhone 15 users grappling with overheating challenges, Apple is rumored to be gearing up for a hardware overhaul in the upcoming iPhone 16. The tech giant, which initially addressed the iPhone 15 overheating issue through an iOS fix, is now reportedly exploring new cooling mechanisms for its next flagship. Shortly after the release of the iPhone 15 series, some users encountered the issue. Among them, Ian Zelbo of 9to5Mac highlighted the problem, with some users reporting temperatures so extreme that holding the phone without a case became nearly impossible. Thermal imaging revealed temperatures soaring as high as 116F.

Apple's Response

While some speculated that the shift from a stainless steel chassis to a titanium one in the Pro models might be the reason, Apple vehemently denied any hardware flaws. The tech giant attributed the problem to a combination of a bug in iOS 17 and certain third-party apps straining the processor. Thereafter, Apple rolled out a software fix as part of iOS 17.0.3, assuring users that the remedy would not compromise the phone's performance, 9to5Mac reported.

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Rumors Surrounding iPhone 16's Thermal Innovation

Looking ahead, rumors surrounding the iPhone 16 suggest that Apple is gearing up for a significant thermal redesign. Leaks from the reputable source "Kosutami" indicate that Apple is actively developing a graphene thermal system for the iPhone 16 lineup. Additionally, the Pro models may incorporate metal battery casings to further overheating issues.

Graphene's remarkable thermal conductivity, surpassing that of the currently used copper in iPhone heat sinks, underscores Apple's commitment to addressing and advancing thermal management. Apple's previous interest in graphene, evident in patents related to its use in portable devices, further supports this move. Considering Apple's successful transition of the Apple Watch's battery casings to metal with the Series 7, a similar shift for the iPhone seems not only plausible but a strategic step toward resolving thermal challenges.

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First Published Date: 17 Nov, 13:26 IST