Apple chipmaker struggles to deliver promised earnings

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Dialog Semiconductor didn't make as much money as hoped.
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Dialog Semiconductor, the European chipmaker that Apple has been working with since the first iPhone, has reported disappointing earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018.

The firm, which Apple invested $600 million in last year, rakes in about 75 percent of its revenue supplying power management chips for iOS devices. Dialog’s shares fell more than 3 percent with the earnings news.

Apple makes massive deal to buy part of Dialog chipmaker

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Apple has used Dialog Semiconductor's tech dating back to the first iPhone.
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Apple is paying $300 million in cash to purchase part of Dialog Semiconductor, a European chipmaker that Apple has been working with since the first iPhone.

The investment is part of Apple’s strategy to develop superior chipsets which will help it stand out and differentiate itself in the battle with rival smartphone and other mobile device makers.

iPhone chipmaker dives after Apple confirms plans

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This is why you don't put all your eggs in the Apple basket!
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Shares in Anglo-German company Dialog Semiconductor plunged today after the chipmaker admitted that Apple was cutting its orders by around 30 percent this year.

Dialog shares fell 17 percent on Friday, based on the company telling investors that Apple will be using its chips for only two of its three new iPhones for 2018.

Apple isn’t taking its power management chips in-house just yet

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Apple's relationship with Dialog Semiconductor will continue for now.
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Apple’s apparently not ready to produce its own power management chips, based on the fact that it has commissioned the design of new chips from partner Dialog Semiconductor, a new report claims.

That’s significant because a report from last year suggested that Apple planned to use its own chips starting 2018 or 2019. Instead, today’s news claims that Apple will continue using Dialog chips through 2019 or 2020.

Apple may be ditching power chip partner as it looks to build its own

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Apple is moving more and more of its chip development in-house.
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Apple is apparently dropping Dialog Semiconductor, its U.K.-based power management chipmaker. If true, the move would lend increased credibility to rumors that Cupertino plans to design its own chips for future iPhones.

Dialog Semiconductor says that, for now, it continues to provide chips to Apple. But the company’s chief executive acknowledged that this arrangement could well change “in the next few years.”

Another partner falls as Apple extends control over iPhone chips

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Dialog is the latest company to take a hit as Apple takes its chip business in-house.
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Update: Dialog Semiconductor says that its relationship with its key customer Apple hasn’t changed, despite what reports claim.

Apple currently employs around 80 engineers developing a proprietary power-management chip, claims a new report. If the effort succeeds, the company could ditch Anglo-German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor, which it currently relies on for the iPhone, by 2019.

The news follows speculation that Apple is building its own GPU for iOS devices, after parting ways with British company Imagination Technologies, which previously provided Apple with graphics processing units.