Kuo: iPhones Won't Adopt RCC for Thinner Circuit Boards Until 2025

iPhones will not adopt resin coated copper (RCC) foil for their printed circuit boards until 2025, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that Apple will not adopt this technology in 2024 because of its "fragile characteristics" and "inability to pass drop tests."

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If Apple and its supplier Ajinomoto can improve the RCC material before the third quarter of 2024, the high-end iPhone 17 models could use it. Resin coated copper does not sound exciting, but it has the potential to slim down the size of circuit boards, freeing up space inside of the ‌iPhone‌ that can be used for larger batteries or other technology. Kuo says that it also makes the drilling process easier for ‌iPhone‌ manufacturing because RCC is fiberglass-free.

Late last month, a Weibo circuit expert claimed that Apple would adopt RCC for circuit boards starting in 2024, but it appears that we might not see the shift until 2025.

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StudioMacs Avatar
8 weeks ago

The battery and circuit board don't overlap in an iPhone, making the circuit board thinner won't provide space for more battery.
Except if the circuit board overlaps itself, there is less real estate used by the circuit board and more for the battery.

Take a 1-story house, divide it into two, and put one half on top of the other. You can now have a bigger pool on the same lot.
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Darren.h Avatar
8 weeks ago
now you gotta worry about your circuit board shattering when dropping your phone.

no thanks.
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JamieLannister Avatar
8 weeks ago
“If Apple and its supplier Ajinomoto…” - they make MSG though…?
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Lakersfan74 Avatar
8 weeks ago
the 2024 phones are probably close to being finalized so obviously they won’t be in those phones
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Eldaerenth Faexidor Avatar
8 weeks ago
Why do I get the feeling that future iPhones (15 Pro included) are getting worse regarding quality and reliability. Look at the hasty switch to titanium on the 15 Pro and the crappy FineWoven case. Glad I cancelled my 15 Pro, still VERY happy with my 14 Pro. Besides the weight, it’s a stellar and impressive piece of technological engineering feat.
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pcd213 Avatar
8 weeks ago
Noooooooooooooooooo! I really wanted thisssssssss!
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