Apple designing super efficient power management chips for iPhone

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Apple is doing more and more of its chip design work in-house.
Photo: Intel

Apple is busy designing its own power management chips for use in future iPhones, which could debut as soon as next year, a new report claims.

The new chips would reportedly be the most advanced power management chips in the industry. They will boast superior processing abilities, allowing them to better monitor and control power consumption — thereby letting iPhones and iPads deliver better performance on lower power consumption.

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.
Photo: Dialog Semiconductor

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.