Report says, LG to be exclusive supplier of L-shaped ‘iPhone 9’ batteries, ‘iPhone 8’ ship date, Qualcomm, and the future of the iPhone SE

Presumably referring to Apple’s 2018 iPhone model, a new report from Korea Economic Daily on Thursday reported that Apple has selected LG Chem as an exclusive supplier for batteries bound for a next-generation iPhone due for release in 2018.

LG has supposedly invested “hundreds of billions” of won in dedicated battery manufacturing facilities and will be ready to begin full-scale production early next year, the source said. The person added that the South Korean company will supply all batteries for “iPhone 9,” expected to debut in the second half of 2018.

According to the report, Apple’s next-next-generation iPhone will adopt a battery module that is “bent” or extended to one side at its bottom to form an “L” shape. Since its release, iPhone has relied on standard rectangular “jelly roll” lithium-ion batteries.

The battery that LG Chem will supply to the iPhone 9 is an “L-shape” battery, which is bent to the right at the bottom. Apple has customized it to take advantage of the space on the bottom right of the iPhone that has evolved from the development of electronic component integration technology.

Citing a source purporting to be familiar with the deal, the report adds that LG has already “invested hundreds of billions of won” into revamping its facilities ahead of mass production which is said to kick off sometime in early 2018.

Rumors of L-shaped iPhone batteries first cropped up in April when KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple to employ the novel two-cell design in the upcoming “iPhone 8.” The optimized shape not only maximizes internal space afforded by developments in component miniaturization and integration, but also boosts charging speeds.

iPhone 8; power button may double up as Touch ID sensor

Whether or not Apple will deploy the advanced battery technology in “iPhone 8” remains unknown.

Apple is widely expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone this fall alongside iterative improvements to iPhone 7 series handsets. The “iPhone 8” is rumored to incorporate exotic tech like a full-face OLED screen, front-facing 3D-sensing camera, wireless charging and embedded Touch ID sensors.

“iPhone 8” rumors, including anticipated launch date, price, and you guessed it, TouchID. Also up, Qualcomm’s latest salvo, and what will become of the iPhone SE.

  • JP Morgan thinks the iPhone 8 will ship ‘on-time’ in September. Of course, it’s hard to really ship late if you haven’t announced anything, least of all a phone that’s different than the anticipated 7S / 7S+.
  • TouchID on the case back concept rears its head again, with a new machined enclosure picture.
  • annnd, in the stream of rumors that keep coming back to life, a case surfaces with a large sleep/wake button
  • Samsung is rumored to have a contract to fab the iPhone cpu in 2018. They lost this contract to TSMC a few years ago after having shared the business with TSMC for years.
  • The expensive iPhone commentary continues, with UBS suggesting a $900 iPhone would see sales increase by as much as 15%.
  • Fortune issues their rankings on corporate revenue and profitability. In profitability, Apple was nearly double their nearest neighbor on the list.
  • In the latest chapter in Qualcomm and Apple, Qualcomm sues Apple in Germany over power management IP. This is different but related to the current ITC complaint. Germany wasn’t chosen at random. Watch this space.
  • Qualcomm’s CEO says he can’t comment, but that these things usually settle out of court. We neglected to mention that Tim Cook had said something similar as well, but we still expect this to take a while longer to shake out.
  • People seem to think the iPhone SE is a dead product. We think it will get updated, because it still serves a role in Apple’s product line and price points.
  • We talk briefly about the latest iOS 10.3.3 / macOS 12.16, TvOS 10.2.2 updates. If you haven’t gotten them installed, do so now. I mean it. Now.
  • Mike’s review of Koogeek HomeKit smart plug.
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