Report Claims LG Will Be Sole Supplier of Batteries for Next Year's 'iPhone 9'

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LG Chemical will be the sole supplier of batteries for Apple's "iPhone 9" next year, according to The Korea Economic Daily. If the report is accurate, the South Korean firm has scored a big win, since Apple usually takes a multi-vendor approach when it comes to sourcing batteries for its iPhones.

Citing industry insiders, the newspaper said LG has made a sizable investment to bolster the capability of its facilities and that production of the batteries would begin in 2018.

"LG has invested hundred of billions of Korean won for related facilities and plans to start mass production from early next year," the Korean-language report quoted a source in the chemical industry as saying.

The report added that the battery LG will produce for the so-called "iPhone 9" is L-shaped, a design that's also previously been tipped for this year's OLED "iPhone 8" and should allow for better battery life.

The L-shape, which is bent at the bottom, represents an increase in size over current rectangular iPhone batteries and depends on the PCB mainboard being more compact to make space for it. Today's report also claims the altered shape is expected to result in faster charging speeds.

A report in May claimed the iPhone 9 will launch in two 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch OLED variants, with Samsung expected to be the supplier for the OLED displays.

(Via CNBC.)

Tags: LG, iPhone 9

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39 months ago
Rumors for the iPhone 9? But I really want to know who will supply the battery for the iPhone 10?
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39 months ago

Seriously? We're already claiming suppliers for the iPhone 9? Just the other day there was an article about an iPhone 8 supplier followed by another that claimed the exact opposite. Why even bother reporting claims that are so obviously inaccurate?

Obvious how? By their nature, some conflicting rumours will be inaccurate, some will prove to be accurate, but we don't know which is which until we _know_... and then it's not a rumour anymore, is it? If you know for a fact a reported rumour is inaccurate before anyone else you can submit your report to MacRumors and they might well make a story out of it, if you like. :)

I mean the second sentence of the article spells out exactly why it is deemed worth bothering...

If the report is accurate, the South Korean firm has scored a big win, since Apple usually takes a multi-vendor approach when it comes to sourcing batteries for its iPhones.

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39 months ago
"A report in May claimed the iPhone 9 will launch in two 5.28-inch and 6.46-inch OLED variants," :- Macrumors Quote
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LOL! These early iPhone 9 rumors are making iPhone 8 feel outdated. Anyway 6.4"-inch iPhone would be a dream come true for me :D
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Today's report also claims the altered shape is expected to result in faster charging speeds.

That's interesting. I wouldn't think that the shape of a battery affects its charging speed but its composition did. So same battery and different shapes equals different charging times?
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39 months ago
Makes sense. The new design in Fall 2017 is the iPhone layout for the next 4 years.
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39 months ago
Wow, did I miss the iPhone8's launch? jk.... on topic, is it likely this somewhat risky single-vendor approach netted Apple a better component price? It should at least provide more uniform battery performance without noticeable unit to unit variations as we've occasionally seen with screens and processors in the past.
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