23 February 2019
There’s a chance that Apple may be looking into making its own batteries rather than sourcing them from other companies. Apple has hired a former Samsung executive named Soonho Ahn. Soonho Ahn worked with Samsung for four years on lithium-ion batteries and other battery-related technologies. This news comes straight from Bloomberg which also reports that Apple is looking to purchase cobalt directly from miners. Cobalt is one of the necessary items for making these types of batteries.
This rumour could very well turn out to be true as Apple has always tried to minimise third parties as it believes that lesser reliance on other companies improves its independent status and efficiency. Considering Apple has had a lot of trouble with batteries in the past, seeking an alternative is definitely a step in the right direction. Not too long ago, Apple was criticised for slowing down the performance of a few of its iPhones in order to stay clear of problems associated with ageing batteries. The company has even faced lawsuits over a defective iPhone battery setting a house on fire.
It’s clear that Apple has to work on making improvements in terms of battery technology. Apple has in the past, with the help of its suppliers, come up with innovative battery solutions. One such instance of this is the L-shaped battery in the iPhone X and XS which was designed for saving space. Do you think the company will actually start manufacturing its own batteries? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!