We reported a few days ago that Apple will make iPhone batteries easier to replace in order to comply with EU regulations. In the new iPhone, Apple is replacing the adhesive pull tabs that hold the battery in place with a metal cradle that opens when struck with an electric jolt.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst and insider, reports that Apple will use a stainless steel battery case to facilitate battery removal. Additionally, this will increase battery cell density by 5-10% while still meeting safety standards. Battery life will be improved as a result.

Kuo cites Sunway as a major beneficiary of the new Apple business because it is a supplier of stainless steel battery cases. It is speculated that the iPhone 16 Pro Max will be the first iPhone to benefit from the new battery casing.

By 2025, the EU will mandate that smartphone batteries be user-replaceable, so all phones will eventually have easy battery replacement options.

New Samsung M14 OLED panel on iPhone 16 Pro and Pixel 9 series:

According to reports, Apple and Google’s upcoming flagships will feature Samsung’s newest M14 OLED panel, which is both brighter and more durable than the Galaxy S24 Ultra’s current panel.

In the second half of the year, Samsung Display plans to supply the M14 OLED panel to the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max, as well as Google’s Pixel 9 series.

In the M14 panel, higher-performance materials are presumably used, totalling 14. Samsung Display’s M14 OLED will be brighter and have a longer lifespan than its current OLEDs.

A Korean report cites insiders as saying the iPhone 16 Pro (6.3-inch) and 16 Pro Max (6.9-inch) will have the new display, while the vanilla models (6.1-inch 16 and 6.7-inch 16 Plus) will use the same ‘M12’ panels as the current 15 generation.

The smaller Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro, as well as the larger Pixel 9 Pro XL, will all feature the newer M14 panel.