Apple May Be Building Their Own Battery Management Chip For Upcoming iPhones
Apple has said that they plan to design their own graphics card for use in the iPhone, but the company may also be planning to internalize other aspects of the iPhone’s development. Reuters, citing sources within German investment banks, has reported that Apple has plans to build their own battery management chips as well.
Features such as quick charging are becoming commonplace on high-end smartphones, but such technology may not be enough to persuade fence sitters. Given the success of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, it is likely that Apple is hoping to find a way to differentiate itself from the competition and designing their own battery management chips may give them an opportunity to do just that. If done correctly, Apple could create an iPhone that is more battery-efficient than the competition’s which would certainly give the company an advantage.
Apple is currently working with Germany’s Dialog Semiconductor which said it has already designed the battery management chips for the iPhones set to release in 2017 and 2018. With that in mind, it is unlikely that we’ll see any major changes before 2019. However, Apple has already begun work on building their own team and have recruited several of Dialog’s engineers to help lead it.
While this may be good news for consumers, it is certainly bad for Dialog. It was estimated that in 2016, Apple made up more than 70 percent of Dialog’s sales and today’s news had a negative impact on the company’s stock prices. The company’s shares fell by 36 percent marking a seven-month low. However, Dialog remains optimistic about their brand’s future especially with the iPhone 8 set to launch later this year.
Apple’s move isn’t too surprising considering the company is famous for its desire to control every aspect of its products from software, to design and hardware. It will be interesting to see if they replace any of their other partners in preparation for the next generation of iPhones.
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