Apple had a bit of a rough go of it throughout 2018 as far as iPhone batteries are concerned. Whether or not this latest bit of new hire news will actually help with that is anyone’s guess at this point.
However, it’s at least a good sign that maybe something is changing behind-the-scenes as far as batteries are concerned. As was first reported on Wednesday by Bloomberg, Apple recently hired a former Samsung executive, who specifically worked for Samsung SDI with batteries. Apple brought Soonho Ahn on board back in December of last year, and will be leading Apple’s battery charge as they develop “next-generation” battery technology.
Ahn worked with Samsung as that company’s Senior Vice President dating back to 2015.
What this new hire does suggest is that Apple may be going down a path that sees it developing its own batteries at some point in the future. Similarly to how it puts together the A- and M-series processors, for instance. That’s one possibility, of course.
“Apple has used batteries from Samsung SDI to power its own products in the past. The iPhone maker has been trying to reduce reliance on third-party components, and the notable battery technology hire suggests it may be doing the same for batteries. Apple has been working on its own MicroLED display technology for future devices, which would help wean itself off Samsung in other areas.”
However, when you pair this recent new hire with reports from early 2018 that Apple was looking to buy cobalt directly from miners, and, well, you’ve got a picture of a future Apple-made battery starting to get painted. Whether or not that actually turns into anything remains to be seen, though.
As Apple starts manufacturing more and more of the important bits within its products, it will be interesting to see how that plays a part in either reducing or raising prices for those products. A far as Apple batteries are concerned, it feels like we’re still a ways off from that becoming a reality.