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iPhone Batteries Could Have Apple-Designed Power Management Chips Within Two Years

Apple is designing its own power management chips for use in iPhones within the next two years, according to Nikkei Asian Review.
Apple's new in-house power management chip would be the most advanced in the industry, according to the sources, and could have processing capabilities that allow it to better monitor and control power consumption among various components. That means iPhone users could expect devices capable of delivering better performance on lower power consumption.
Apple plans to replace around half of the main power management chips that go into iPhones with its own as early as 2018, but the transition could be delayed until 2019, according to anonymous sources cited in the report.

If the report is accurate, it could be a serious blow for Dialog Semiconductor, the British company that exclusively designs the current main power management chip for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch models. Apple reportedly accounted for nearly three quarters of Dialog Semiconductor's revenue in 2016.

The main power management chip controls an iPhone's battery, including charging capabilities and energy consumption. Apple's in-house version will supposedly be "the most advanced in the industry," which could pave the way for future iPhone models to have a better performance-vs-battery life balance.

Taiwanese supplier TSMC will be the exclusive manufacturer of Apple's in-house power management chip, according to the report.

Today's report corroborates a prediction by Bankhaus Lampe analyst Karsten Iltgen, who earlier this year said that Apple will at least partially cut back on Dialog Semiconductor's supply of power management chips for future iPhones. Iltgen said Apple already has engineers working on the chips in California and Germany.

Dialog responded to the report with a statement claiming that "business relationships are in line with the normal course of business." The company's stock fell nearly 20 percent after the news broke.

Dialog Semiconductor could be the second large British company to lose significant business from Apple within the next year or two. In April, Imagination Technologies shares plunged after Apple informed the firm it plans to stop using its PowerVR graphics technology in its devices within two years.

In addition to power management chips and graphics cores, Apple appears to be moving towards in-house design of several other components, potentially including ARM-based Mac processors and iPhone modems.



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12 weeks ago
Now this is the kind of innovation we need.

Love my iPhone X and its battery life really impresses me coming from a 7.
Rating: 12 Votes
12 weeks ago
About time there was some progress with battery life, for the last few iPhone releases Apple have simply announced that they "last as long as the last iPhone!"
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
The cynic in me says that we won't see better battery life, just thinner products due to smaller batteries.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago
Anything to improve battery life, more battery life is always good.

Impressed with the iPhone X battery so far though. I think I’ve hit low power mode twice since owning it (since launch day) and it’s usually 40% when The day is done.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago
Any company that depends on Apple for a large percentage of their revenue had better diversify. Eventually they’re going to bring everything in-house.
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
Let me guess: Apple's new chip will disable the Facebook app. Power problems solved.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago
I thought Apple already dropped Dialog and using their own that's why they've been having battery drain, shutoff at 30%, etc. issues. Similar to worse reception and speed after dropping Qualcomm for a cheaper and more profitable alternative.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
When you want it done right, do it yourself.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

These are not very complicated circuits. No point in buying someone when you already have SoC and ASIC expertise.


The market has decided that these circuits are complicated enough to merit the creation and operation of a company worth over $2,000,000,000. If they are so simple, why has Apple ever needed such a company?
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago

About time there was some progress with battery life, for the last few iPhone releases Apple have simply announced that they "last as long as the last iPhone!"


Regardless what they announce, battery life on X is simply awesome (coming from a 6S+). On normal days I go to bed with 50-56% battery left.
Rating: 2 Votes

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