One of the most important marketing strategies for most electronic device manufacturers is the product?s dimension. In recent years, there have been a massive race on who can give the thinnest and lightest gadget for the mass consumers. So far, Apple has been in the forefront of this game as it has been introducing thin and light products as of late. Now, rumor has it that the next iPhone, the iPhone 8, will be even thinner and lighter than before. Thanks to the new OLED and flexible circuit boards that are rumored to come with it.
A recent article from Digitimes revealed that flexible circuit board manufacturer, Flexium, is currently developing a new electronic part for Apple. This part, a flexible printed circuit board, can be used on the rumored OLED display for the iPhone 8.
Electronic devices rely on a form of substrate to hold components like the memory and processor. For the most part, rigid or solid printed circuit boards are used on mainstream electronic gadgets. They are intrinsically cheap and easy to manufacture. However, recent advancements in material science made way for various flexible printed circuit boards that can be used on specialised equipment.
These flexible circuit boards, as the name imply, enable the product itself to conform to any design shape. Furthermore, these circuit boards are made from thin, durable materials that make devices attain impressive reduction on form factor.
Flexium is quite adamant that it will get the production contract for the iPhone 8 flexible printed circuit board. In the past, it has supplied Apple with various flex connectors that are used on the previous iPhone and iPad models. Even today?s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus use some form of flexible connectors that were made by Flexium.
By using flexible PCBs on the iPhone 8, Apple can then squeeze in a great number of components within the phone?s casing. This is due to the fact that in comparison to rigid PCBs, flexible PCBs are thinner by orders of magnitude.
It may be that Apple may indeed use Flexium-made flexible PCBs on the iPhone 8 as indicated by Digitimes. In any case, this maybe is what Apple needs to attract more consumers for next year?s smartphone war; a thinner and lighter iPhone 8.
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