Apple is Working on Faster Circuit Boards for MacBook and Apple Watch [Report]

Apple is Working on Faster Circuit Boards for MacBook and Apple Watch [Report]

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Apple is working on adopting faster and smaller circuit boards for next year's MacBook and Apple Watch, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X already use a new flexible circuit board (FPCB) made from liquid crystal polymer (LCP) in their antenna designs. The iPhone X also uses LCP for its TrueDepth camera. This technology allows for high speed and low latency data transfer while also saving space.

Kuo says Apple is working with Career on integrating the technology into its notebook lineup.

It order to address future hardware form factor design requirements (e.g. saving more internal space) and to keep abreast of potential data transmission spec upgrades (e.g. USB 3.2), we believe Apple is now working with Career, its FPCB supplier for MacBook, in exploring LCP FPCB designs for future MacBook models

The company is also said to be working with Career on new LCP antenna designs for the Apple Watch.

"LCP FPCB production presents a greater challenge compared to PI, as the former needs to be more particular as regards material stability, higher-temperature process, impedance control and higher standards of etching process," says Kuo.

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[via 9to5Mac] [via AppleInsider]

Apple is Working on Faster Circuit Boards for MacBook and Apple Watch [Report]

Terry Cross - December 4, 2017 at 2:13pm
Agreed. I have a beautiful Thunderbolt 27" display sitting at home that won't connect with the latest BMP. The least they could do is quickly develop a connector that connects the MagSafe to USB-C. WTF are they doing over their?
Doha - December 4, 2017 at 12:39pm
Does it mean Apple owns Google for another decade?
Justabrake - December 4, 2017 at 8:56am
Bring back a 17” MBP
4 leaf clover - December 4, 2017 at 6:17am
Well i hope they are not working on slower chips LOL
D4xM4Nx - December 4, 2017 at 2:00am
Agreed about the goddamn MagSafe!! It's a must for MBP... So the speed bump upcoming macs will have might be massive, even blowing the competition out of the water as both new iPhones did.
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