Yes, we’re already talking about next year’s iPhone 9, thanks to a new report out of South Korea that claims LG will be its exclusive battery supplier. The company is said to have invested “hundreds of billions” into developing larger, L-shaped batteries for the device.
Apple’s latest smartphones are feature-packed. Every single millimeter of space inside each one is home to some kind of component, which means there’s only so much space available for a battery. Most would agree that there’s not enough, and that iPhone battery life could be better. To make that happen, Apple has enlisted the help of LG Chem.
According to Korea Economic Daily, LG has developed L-shaped batteries that not only charge faster, but fit better into compact devices like the iPhone. They can surround other components like the logic board and make better use of internal space to deliver more energy. They’re so good that they have supposedly helped LG land an exclusive deal for the iPhone 9.
The report adds that the company has invested “hundreds of billions” of won into dedicated manufacturing facilities for these batteries, which will begin full-scale production early next year. Sadly, that means this year’s big iPhone 8 refresh will miss out, though a bigger battery is still possible if Apple slightly increases the handset’s footprint.