Could the iPhone 8 have a large battery indeed? LG tipped to supply L-shaped cells for the 'iPhone 9' as well
A new report out of Korea claims that Apple has tasked LG Chem to be an exclusive supplier of "L-shaped" batteries for next year's iPhone 9, or whatever Apple decides to call it. While it is still early in the game to talk about a 2018 iPhone, the one that is about to be announced this fall is likely already a done deal for Apple in terms of development, and now the eyes are on the next challenge.
While Apple likes to diversify suppliers (currently sourcing batteries from four different makers), the industry source claims that LG Chem has emerged as the reliable manufacturer of choice for the tricky L-shaped design that is also rumored to be in this year's iPhone 8. Bent to the right, the piece allows for extra capacity to be had in a space vacated by using chip-stacking and other miniaturization technologies. In the case of the iPhone 8, this has reportedly allowed it to gain 30% higher capacity compared to the rectangular shape, to the tune of 2700 mAh, or just shy of the 7 Plus piece, according to JP Morgan analysts.
As per "an official in the chemical industry," who has spoken on the condition of anonymity: "LG Chem has invested hundreds of billions of won in dedicated facilities and plans to start full-scale mass production from early next year. LG Chem has [been] decided to supply all batteries for the iPhone 9 to be released in the second half of next year."
LG has been investing in its battery-making technology, hoping to capitalize on the Samsung SDI misfortune with the Note 7 power bank, and we were even invited to check out the rigorous testing procedures in their factory not long ago. It has also experimented with stacked, curved and even cable-shaped batteries for a good while, so the eventual bent piece in a future iPhone 9 may indeed be tasked exclusively to LG Chem - an "L-shape by LG," if you will. On the other hand, does this suggest that we will again have an all-screen OLED successor to this year's yet-unannounced iPhone 8? We'll see, but there are rumors pointing at that direction as well.