iPhone 16 Pro battery leak reveals new metal shell

A few weeks ago, a report revealed that Apple was developing new battery technologies to increase the battery life of its products. However, this technology is not expected to be ready anytime soon. Meanwhile, it seems that Apple will adopt a new battery design with a metal shell for the iPhone 16 Pro.

Apple is working on a new battery design for iPhone 16 Pro

In a photo shared by Kosutami on X (formerly Twitter), we have our first look at the component rumored to be part of next year’s iPhones. According to Kosutami, the leaked battery is a “preliminary” prototype designed for the iPhone 16 Pro. It has a capacity of 3,355 mAh, much more than the 3,274 mAh battery in the iPhone 15 Pro.

The leaked battery has the same L-shaped design that Apple uses in its iPhone batteries. However, unlike any other iPhone battery, this one is covered with a metal shell instead of the traditional aluminum coating.

As we are a year away from the iPhone 16 announcement, Apple could abandon its plans and reuse the same battery design as current generations of iPhones. However, if the prototype is real and the new battery passes testing, we could see significant improvements in heat dissipation.

A metal shell would better distribute the heat rather than concentrate it. With the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple faced numerous complaints about devices overheating for no reason, so the company is likely working on improved thermals for the next iPhone.

It’s worth noting that Kosutami has a good track record of leaking Apple-related content. In September, Kosutami shared photos of the new Apple Watch FineWoven band ahead of the Apple event. The leaker also showed images of a prototype HomePod with an LCD screen, which was later corroborated by 9to5Mac sources.

Learn more about iPhone 16 Pro

The iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max are rumored to feature larger screens than current models. There are also rumors that both phones will get a better ultra-wide lens, faster 5G and Wi-Fi 7. The standard iPhone 16 Pro is expected to feature the tetraprism lens for better zoom optics of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.

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