Apple is Investigating Liquid Cooled iPhones?

Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:32pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12925 views

Apple, Samsung and HTC are reportedly investigating the use of ultra-thin heat pipes to cool their upcoming smartphones, reports DigiTimes. The site says heat pipe cooled smartphone models cool be released by the fourth quarter at the earliest.

Notably, NEC has already released a smartphone, the Medias X06E, which uses a heat pipe.

Since the conventional graphite plus foil cooling method is no longer able to dissipate enough heat in modern smartphone models efficiently, after 4G becomes a common transmission specification for smartphones in the future, the heat problem is only expected to become worse. The heat pipe in NEC's smartphone has a diameter of only 0.6mm, far smaller than ultrabook heat pipes' 1-1.2mm, allowing the heat pipe to fit into smartphones' limited space.

Heat pipes contain a liquid that turns into a vapor when coming into contact with a hot interface. The vapor then travels along the heat pipe to the cold interface, condensing back into a liquid, and releasing the latent heat. [More]

Several cooling module players are developing 0.6mm heat pipes; however, yield rates are currently at 30%. They are working aggressively to improve these rates so that their heat pipes can be used in production.

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J0ILBREAK3R - June 23, 2013 at 8:35am
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iOS 7 - June 21, 2013 at 6:30am
It'll be implemented in iPhone 10
Raleigh - June 21, 2013 at 4:26am
May be a good idea in case of iphone in bed with battery heating up!
El Compa - June 20, 2013 at 5:38am
My pipe gets hot when I put it in tight spaces. Giggidy.
iOS 7 - June 20, 2013 at 1:41am
Investigating LOL
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