In 2018, the company LG Chem is the sole battery supplier for the iPhone 9. This publication reports the Korea Economic Daly. Apple’s practice is to deal with multiple suppliers of components for its devices, but the South Korean company signed a contract on such terms.
In the chemical industry, LG Chem has invested hundreds of billion won in the production line of panels in the shape of the letter L, which will be delivered in 2018 for the next-generation iPhone. Mass production of these batteries will begin early next year.
This year there were rumors that the iPhone 8 will use the batteries in the shape of the letter L. This battery design allows Apple to increase its size without an appreciable increase in size of the device. In addition, this design allows to reduce the charging time of the battery.
It is the decision of the LG to focus on the L-shaped design of the battery became a decisive argument in favor of the conclusion with it of the contract to supply batteries for Apple. Other suppliers such as Samsung, mainly adhere to the traditional rectangular design, which is currently used in most smartphones.