US cameraphone company Apple has engaged the services of a former Samsung executive by name, Soonho Ann to serve as its new Global Head of Battery Developments. The fresh position further more fuel theories of goals to develop and eventually produce first-party battery areas.
The former Samsung chief commenced work at Apple in December last year as stated by to his LinkedIn profile. He is In addition reputed to have had a four-year stint Samsung’s battery arm, Samsung SDI. During his time at Samsung, Mr Ahn held three senior vice president roles. Along the line, he worked on next-generation battery cell materials and tech bound for a range of customer devices such as phones, power tools and electric vehicles. Before his stint at Samsung, Ahn worked at LG Chem for 17 years as a vice president in charge of battery development, whenever which he served a brief stint as a professor of energy and chemical engineering at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.
Samsung happens to be one of Apple’s important areas supplier regardless of their rivalry. The Korean company is listed as a top-200 supplier on Apple’s Supplier List as of February 2018. However, Apple has been trying to diversify higher than the past handful of years and that has brought multiple Chinese battery makers into the fold. This new hire offer Apple is searching to reduce its dependence on third-party suppliers and might start developing its own batteries soon. Already, there are rumours that the Cupertino-based company is working on an in-house battery solution, Last year, Apple was announced to be in talks to secure cobalt, a major ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, directly from miners. One major area where Apple has found success in developing its components is the A-series processors that fuel the iPhone, iPad and HomePod.