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LG Scores iPhone 9 ‘L’ Shaped Battery Deal As Apple Struggles With iPhone 8

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LG is set to score a deal making ‘L’ shaped batteries for the Apple iPhone 9 which is slated for launch in 2018 meanwhile Apple is struggling to deliver their new iPhone 8.

LG Chem is a manufacturing division of LG who has recently invested billions of dollars in new manufacturing facilities including a dedicated production line for the mysterious ‘L-shaped’ batteries.

ChannelNews understands that Apple is hoping to dramatically improve the battery life of their iPhones which in the past have struggled to deliver the same battery life as Android devices made by the likes of Samsung, HTC and Alcatel.

According to the Korea Economic Daily Apple is looking at appointing several new suppliers as they roll out new technology in their devices.

Their new iPhone 8, which is due late in September, has:

– Dual-lens 3D camera

– Augmented reality capabilities

– Curved glass casing

– Wireless charging

– 5-inch (12.7 centimetre) and 5.8-inch (14.7 centimetre) model, will have a wraparound OLED screen

– Aluminium back will be replaced with two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle

– Facial recognition

J.P. Morgan Apple analyst Rod Hall believes the new top end iPhone 8 handset will be called the ‘iPhone Pro’, and will sell for over $1,500 in Australia.

However, the report warns that supply will be extremely limited at launch and for its first few months on sale.

Multiple claims say the new OLED 5.8-inch iPhone, which is expected to have a bezel-less screen, may not be available until November.

However, Hall believes there will instead be ‘a slower production start for the flagship OLED phone.’

J.P. Morgan is adjusting its forecast for the device from 9m units for September to ~2m units for September.

It notes, however, that it will also increase its Y18 unit forecasts ‘by about the same amount to reflect time-shifted demand.’

It also thinks the higher average selling price will be a ‘critical demand control variable for a new tier of iPhone’ and that ‘Apple’s pricing strategy is likely to be aimed at spreading this replacement cycle over two years given totally new product categories like AR are likely still a few years out.’

The most recent claims say Apple has yet to start mass production of any of the three expected models.

Economic Daily News is reporting that all three new iPhones, overhauled iPhone 8 and the ‘7s’ iterative updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are yet to start mass production.

The report says that the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones are expected to ramp up in August, a month behind the normal new iPhone production timelines.

It also claims the OLED 5.8-inch iPhone, which is expected to have a bezel-less screen, may not be available until November.

Economic Daily News says that Foxconn has secured most of orders for the upcoming OLED phone, which will feature almost no bezel enabling Apple to pack in a 5.8-inch screen into the same physical size as the current 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

‘While there were previous reports indicating that volume production for new iPhone devices has commenced, yield rates at the two main ODMs, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron, have not yet reached levels that warrant mass production’, the report claims.

New claims suggest that Apple is working ‘feverishly’ to fix software problems with its wireless charging and 3D face recognition systems.

It is believed Pegatron will assemble most of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s devices and a small number of the ‘iPhone 8s, while a third manufacturer, Wistron, will mainly focus on making the 5.5-inch 7s model.

In another warning last week, Bank of America Merrill Lynch lowered its estimates for Apple’s iPhone shipments by 11 million for the year, and suggest it could be delayed by a month.

‘Our conversations with the Supply Chain suggest that the iPhone 8 will ship 3-4 weeks delayed given technological issues which Apple and its suppliers are working through,’ analysts Wamsi Mohan and Stefano Pascale said in a report Wednesday, citing a recent trip to Asia, according to CNBC.

The analysts said problems with finger print and 3-D sensors were to blame for the delay.

The BofAML analysts cut their expectations for September quarter shipments of iPhones by 11 million and the December quarter by 6 million.

For fiscal year 2017, the analysts expect 11 million fewer shipments for 2017, down to 208.1 million.

Recent reports say Apple is working ‘feverishly’ to fix software problems with its wireless charging and 3D face recognition systems.

If these issues aren’t resolved, the flagship iPhone could even launch with these major features disabled, according to some sources.

A report by Fast Company explains that a ‘a source with knowledge of the situation’ has claimed that engineers and designers at Apple are working with a ‘sense of panic in the air.’

The report states: ‘The company has been working feverishly to fix software problems in its hotly anticipated 10th-anniversary iPhone that could ultimately cause production and delivery delays, the source says.

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