We may earn a commission for purchases made using our links.

Soonho Ahn was the senior vice president at Samsung SDI since 2015. Samsung SDI is Samsung Electronics Co. division that is specialized in batteries. Ahn joined Apple in December 2018 as global head of battery developments, according to a recent Bloomberg report.

As revealed by his LinkedIn profile, Ahn was work was focused at Samsung on lithium battery packs, as well as “next-generation” battery technology. The report mentions that Apple has been using Samsung-made batteries in the past. Hiring Ahn is Apple’s move to distance itself and reduce reliance on third party suppliers.

Bloomberg also reports that Apple has been in talks to purchase cobalt — a key component for batteries — directly from miners. With Ahn on the team Apple could be not only manufacturing, but also fine-tuning its own batteries tailored specifically for its products.

You May Also Like
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 nears launch as it passes through 3C certification
The upcoming foldable phone could feature a more modern design than its predecessor.
Pixel 3a hands-on
Google discontinues Pixel 3a, is the Pixel 4a coming soon?
The company is probably looking to pave the way for its next budget smartphone, the Pixel 4a.
Pocketnow Daily: There’s ANOTHER iPhone 12 Problem? (video)
On today’s Pocketnow Daily, we talk about the new rumors about the batteries in the iPhone 12 lineup, more Google Pixel 4a leaks and more