Apple developing "the most advanced" power management chips, could premiere on iPhones as soon as 2018


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. 

According to sources of 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. 

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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19 Comments

1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1761; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

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.

2. Peacetoall unregistered

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

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1761; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Good point, that would be nice

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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.

17. Peacetoall unregistered

Iphone 6s battery took down whole aeroplane with passengers and their faulty adapters elextrocute people

3. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

It is nothing wrong with having big dreams, but keep dreaming.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1365; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

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.

16. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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.

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1365; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It's a good thing we don't live in your fantasy land.

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

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

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2143; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

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?

13. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"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...

6. Tipus

Posts: 846; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

I hope they can develop "the most advance" paint method. Paint peeling and chipping on apple products is a freakin disaster

8. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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.

10. matistight

Posts: 976; Member since: May 13, 2009

Yes!!! So we can get an extra 30 minutes of battery life!!!

12. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

They can also make phones 4 millimeters thicker and give us 3-4x the current battery life. Gasp! 4 millimeters you say? That's like 3-4 credit cards thick!

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3124; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Great another reason to make the battery smaller..

18. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

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.

20. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Really ?? anyway the battery life of iPhones always good especially Plus versions because they don't have many features to need much power

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