Report: LG Will Be the Sole Supplier of iPhone 9 Batteries

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According to reports coming out of the Korean media, LG Chemical will be the only supplier of batteries for Apple’s 2018 iPhone, known as the iPhone 9 as of now. This is no doubt a massive shift for Apple in terms of policy, as the company usually uses a combination of manufacturers to procure batteries for the iPhones. This is also pretty big for LG, as Apple will no doubt become one of its biggest clients.

We recently heard about LG’s regional rival Samsung exclusively supplying OLED panels for the iPhone 8, and even sharing the production of Apple’s A series chips with TSMC for the 2018 iPhone, although newer reports have mentioned otherwise. Keeping this in mind, the fact that Apple is going exclusively with LG speaks volumes about the trust between the two companies.

Reports have pegged that LG will produce L-shaped batteries for the iPhone 9. Interestingly, Apple is expected to use a similar battery with the upcoming iPhone 8, which is expected to offer significantly improved battery life, especially in tandem with the OLED display. The change in shape will apparently allow for the battery to be charged faster as well.

It is being said that the new L-shaped batteries are slightly larger than conventional rectangular batteries used on current-gen iPhones. As a result, Apple will have to make some adjustments to the PCB mainboard to accommodate the new battery. We expect to hear more about the newly forged partnership in the months to come.

[Via CNBC]

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