Cupertino-based technology giant Apple is reportedly planning to produce its own batteries. The smartphone giant has hired Soonho Ahn, who previously worked at Samsung SDI for over four years. Once this happened, speculative reports started circulating that Apple is working on its own line of batteries.
While this is not a very prominent sign of the company manufacturing its own batteries, a recent report in Bloomberg also said that Apple has started sourcing cobalt from miners, which adds credibility to the fact that the technology giant is indeed working on its own batteries.
It is worth noticing that cobalt is a key material that is required in manufacturing Lithium-ion batteries. We should also mention that until now, Apple used batteries from third-party suppliers in its iPhones and other products.
However, it should also be added that even now, Apple is far more involved in designing batteries than most other companies. For instance, Apple especially got customised L-shaped batteries for the iPhone XS in order to save space on their devices.
But from what it seems like, Apple is looking to have full control over its batteries and not just be partially involved in the process. Making its own batteries from the scratch may also see the Cupertino-based smartphone company innovate its core battery technology. For a very long time, the innovation of rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries has been as less as it could have been. There has only been a marginal increase in battery density and there hasn’t been much change in the electrolytes that enhance the battery’s standby times and fastens its charging standards.
Although the battery stamina has increased, other factors, like how much space smartphones’ batteries take has remained largely unchanged.
Apple’s latest hiring may be an indication that this is exactly what the company is planning to do with its own batteries. It would not only change the battery’s shape but also better utilise the space inside iPhones. This would also enable Apple to add some improved features to its mobile phone lineup. However, as of now, Apple is being tight-lipped about its battery manufacturing plans and currently, there is no other information available about it. We’ll update you as we get to know more.