Karsten Iltgen said that Apple would cut back on Dialog’s supply of Power Management Chips (PMIC). Power management chips handle the amount of voltage and how much charge is supposed to go across the components in the device. Apple is establishing their power-management design centers in Munich and California. As per Reports, About 80 engineers are already working on chips with specs that increase the battery life.
The new chips will have their own custom silicon. It is said to be implemented as early as 2019. Apple also intends to build their own custom GPUs for its iOS devices within two years. The users can see an increase in power by about 30%. The primary complaint about an iPhone is its battery life. It makes sense for Apple to invest more in that area and replace the current parts with custom integrated designs.
The power management chip in the iPhone 5 was terrible. If a battery doesn’t fix the issue, then it means the problem is with the power management chips. iPhones have always been a high-end flagship phone, which costs a lot. The new update of increasing the battery life is said to decrease the cost of the phone.
Apple has been recruiting engineers from Dialog for over the past year. It isn’t unusual to see employers flowing between Apple, and it’s suppliers. If Apple stops buying from Dialog Semiconductor, the company could see as much as 74% loss of its business over the next few years.
On this news Dialog’s share prices fell about 20% in early trading on the stock market. Last year the company had a $10 million investment in wireless charging technology. Apple was thinking to put in place some form of wireless charging into the next generation of iPhones. Apple might use the inductive charger for the iPhone as it did for the Apple Watch.