Apple Reportedly Planning To Build Its Own Charging Hardware
Even the most hardcore of Android fans have to admit that Apple makes good hardware even if it is expensive and proprietary. However, one area in which the iPhone has started to fall behind is in the battery department. Quick-charge and the ever-increasing size of batteries have made power management a key feature of new smartphones and it has been reported that the company is looking into building their own battery components in an effort to increase the power efficiency of the next generation of iPhones.
Currently, the battery components for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch are made by Dialog Semiconductor which gets nearly 75 percent of its business from Apple by building battery components for their products. If the current reports are true then Dialog may be in trouble if Apple truly takes its battery design in-house.
“Based on Apple’s current plan, they are set to replace partially, or around half of its power management chips to go into iPhones by itself starting next year,” an unnamed source said.
A second source has said that Apple plans to design its own power-management integrated circuits, but said that they would probably not be ready until 2019. The Cupertino-based company already designs its own mobile processors, but the manufacturing of those processors is handled by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
Regardless of when they arrive, the move to internally-built power-management hardware could increase the battery life of the iPhone. Despite using smaller batteries, iPhones are still fairly competitive in the area of energy efficiency. This move may allow the company to increase better integrate its hardware and software leading to longer battery life.
While this may be good news for consumers, we imagine TSMC is not too fond of this decision given that nearly three-quarters of their business is built around Apple. It is possible the company may not survive this shift.
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