A new report from Korea Economic Daily, a Korean Newspaper surfaced today, stating that LG Chem will be exclusively producing batteries for the next year’s Apple iPhone. The report citing an anonymous chemical industry source stated, that LG Chem has invested billions of won to setup a dedicated production line for the alleged Apple iPhone 9. It also stated that the batteries that will be produced will be “L-shaped”. When they contacted the company the spokesperson said that they do not respond to any queries regarding its clients, Apple couldn’t be reached for comment. When we contacted our source inside LG, he said that there have been talks regarding this with Apple. However, the deal is not yet finalised.
LG this week also launched a new model in the Q-Series, the Q8. LG has stated that the Q-Series smartphone lineup is intended to bring the users premium features at a competitive price. Earlier LG also launched the Q6 which was a stripped down version of the LG G6, and now the LG Q8 is meant to be a smaller version of the LG V20. The Q8 like the V20 comes with a secondary always on screen and a dual camera setup on the back. It is powered by a Snapdragon 820 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. It also comes with an IP67 rating which provides dust and water resistance. However, it was only launched in Italy.
Currently, we feel that it is very soon to talk about the iPhone 9. Anything could change in between now and the launch that would be most probably next year. Also, we feel that LG and Apple are only in talks so the report should be taken with a pinch of salt.