Former Samsung Battery Exec Joins Apple as New Global Head of Battery Developments

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    Apple recently hired a Samsung battery executive as its new global head of battery developments, reports Bloomberg. Soonho Ahn, who previously worked for Samsung SDI, joined Apple in December.

    Samsung SDI is a Samsung affiliate company that develops the lithium-on batteries used in smartphones. According to his LinkedIn profile, Ahn was Samsung's senior vice president of "next-generation batteries and materials innovation."

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    Before joining Apple, Ahn spent three years at Samsung leading lithium ion battery cell and pack developments. Prior to that, he worked at Next Generation Batteries R&D and LG Chem, plus he served as a professor in the energy & chemical engineering department of Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.

    While Samsung is Samsung SDI's largest customer, Apple has used Samsung batteries in the past. Apple is continually working to lower its reliance on third-party companies by making device components in house, and Bloomberg believes Ahn's hiring perhaps suggests Apple is aiming to do the same thing with batteries.

    Apple in 2018 was also in talks to purchase supplies of cobalt directly from miners, which would allow it to produce its own batteries.

    Prior rumors have indicated Apple is working on developing its own MicroLED displays, LTE chips, and processors for its Mac lineup. Apple already makes its own A-series chips for iPhones, S-series chips for Apple Watches, and W-series chips for use in AirPods and Beats headphones.

    Samsung made headlines for its batteries in 2016 after the Galaxy Note7 had to be recalled following multiple battery explosions that led to injuries and an airline ban. Samsung ultimately determined that there were multiple flaws that impacted the Note7 batteries, including a design flaw that could lead to short circuiting, missing insulation tape, and a welding defect.

    It's not clear if Ahn was involved in the Samsung battery situation, but Samsung SDI was one of the Note7 battery suppliers. Since the Note7 incident, Samsung has introduced more comprehensive battery safety checks, and later Samsung devices have not had battery problems.

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    The million dollar question is was he there then...
     
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    Let's hope this decision doesn't blow up in their faces... I'll leave.
     
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    Haha... First thing I thought... boom goes the iPhone...
     
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  10. AngerDanger, Jan 23, 2019
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    I've already thought of how Apple can advertise this!

    iphonesamsungbattery3.gif
     
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    Clearly the battery jokes have become bloated.
     
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    Apple just wants to have some explosive iPhone (sales) these days
     
  14. mi7chy, Jan 23, 2019
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    Hopefully this will bring Apple out of the Stone age as far as battery capacity and life without having to resort to secret throttling, dropping resolution down to near 720p or a bulky battery case.
     
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    At least he knows what NOT to do in regards to battery design and construction.
     
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    If they bring this man onboard, the next iPhone is sure to bomb.
     
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    as long as the batteries don't puff, bloat, explode, smoke, catch fire, etc.... I think he'd be off to a good start.
     
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    No thanks, I like being able to travel with my portables. No room for boom boom. :D
     
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    With the A13 chip the iPhone batteries will surely post a better single cell explodemark score than the next Exynos.
     
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    Tim will figure out a way to make you pay $299 for a new battery...at least the class action lawsuit.
     
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    Battery capacity for other companies = Huge batteries or one that go boom when they try to beat Apple on device size. Throttling is not required on Android phones because they don’t support updates on even 3 year old phones so, 4 years is definitely out of the question.
     
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    The only way Samsung can copy Apple quick enough is to insert a spy
     
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