Apple developing "the most advanced" power management chips, could premiere on iPhones as soon as 2018
by Plamen Dimitrov / Nov 30, 2017, 12:22 PM
Apple seems to be aiming to reduce its dependence on suppliers. Earlier this year, Cupertino cut its ties with GPU maker Imagination Technologies and later introduced an in-house graphics chip on its latest A11 SoC. Now, word has it that the US tech giant is designing its very own power management chips which could be featured in iPhones as early as 2018.
Nikkei Asian Review, the new power management chips would be "the most advanced in the industry". A power management chip controls the energy consumption and charging capabilities of an iPhone, so if this truly is the case, we should expect future Apple handsets to boast superior performance-to-battery life balance and charging speeds.According to sources of
The latest developments are an absolute disaster for Dialog Semiconductor, the current exclusive supplier of these components. Apple accounted for 74% of Dialog's revenue in 2016, so it's no surprise that the company's shares plunged by 19% after the news broke out. According to the report, Apple wants to use its own in-house power management chips on 50% of the iPhones released in 2018, but the switch could potentially be delayed until 2019. The report also mentions that Apple's custom chips will be manufactured by Taiwan's TSMC.
Apple's ambitions of cutting its dependence on suppliers could very well be a winning strategy. Apart from paying smaller license fees, Cupertino would also be able to consolidate its production chain in order to better compete with its rivals.
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The one thing that sucks is that if any company makes it so the Phone can last a lot longer then instead of that they put a lot more stuff in the phone to make the battery still last the same amount.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 12:31 PM 0
this is the reality mate the reason battery is non replaceable nowadays because they want us to buy phone every year hence its an pre planned obsolescence. Removable battery feature must come back again
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 12:41 PM 7
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That's notch right dude. Note 7 has an explosive year because of their sub par quality management, Apple is nothing like that. And removable battery is so old tech and useless. It won't come back no matter how hard you cry.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 9:13 PM 2
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This is the reality of working with Apple. They will steal what they learn from you, develop their own version based on it and then leave you to rot and go bust and pick up what's left of your company for some pocket change.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 12:49 PM 8
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At the end of the day Apple is the only smartphone manufacturer who gives great products to the consumer every year and is the most valuable company in the world.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 9:14 PM 2
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Even with "the most advanced" power management chips", they're still going to be behind Android devices when it comes to innovation. How long did they wait until their iPhones is capable of wireless charging?? Right
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 1:15 PM 5
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What is so advanced and innovative that Android has over iOS? Last I checked, Apple has the most App Developers using iOS as their main platform. Is this true or false?
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 2:42 PM 2
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"Last I checked, Apple has the most App Developers using iOS as their main platform. Is this true or false?" It's probably true if you're still living in 2010. Android has for years had hundreds of thousands more apps than iOS due to a far broader range of app categories devs can build. Back in March it was over 600,000 more apps ( https://sck.pm/QMN ), who knows how wide the margin is now that there are over 3.3 million Android apps ( https://sck.pm/r82 ). On top of that, Android has loads more utility apps than iOS, so, unless you're turning a blind eye to those devs who don't even make apps for iOS to begin with, that statement is most probably false...
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 7:58 PM 4
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This is business 101 and you can't blame Apple they are after all a business. These smaller firms should learn that they must diversify. If you make something Apple is interested in using you should make sure they don't get an exclusive but that other companies can also licence and use your tech ( unless they out right acquire your firm for some ridiculous amount) . Bill Gates did this with IBM!!! I don't understand why these companies don't remember this? In any case good for Apple and bad for Dialog.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 1:37 PM 2
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Well it's they own fault. All know now that doing business with Apple, is going to be the end of any company. Apple wants total control, so they can see every little bit of info from any of their suppliers, they copy this and bam, start making their own......they are like cancer cells.
posted on Nov 30, 2017, 11:13 PM 1
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