27 August 2018
Apple Watch Series 4 and the MacBook lineup which is expected to be unveiled next year, will have faster LTE support, according to Apple analyst Ming Kuo.
The company’s latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X come with a new type of flexible circuit board made from a liquid crystal polymer is being used in the antenna designs, and is capable of much faster data transfer speeds. The polymer is also slimmer and heat- and moisture-resistant.
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be using the same liquid crystal circuit boards across its lineups of Macs and the next Apple Watch 4.
This means that the Apple MacBook lineup will become thinner and will even have a bigger battery. The liquid crystal boards could unlock a future USB 3.2, which will allow faster data transfers.
Kuo stated that Apple is currently working with manufacturer Career to integrate this circuit technology into future MacBook models in a bid to “address future hardware form factor design requirements.”
In the Apple Watch 4, the polymer will ensure faster data speeds, improved connectivity and better resistance to dust and water.
Kuo adds that the liquid crystal polymer circuit boards are very challenging to design and manufacture, and as Apple is already using the technology it gives the Cupertino firm a giant leap ahead of its competitors which will only be able to integrate the technology by 2019.