Almost three years ago, Apple made the news when it hired a Samsung executive in charge of developing the next-generation battery. Fast forward to now and that same battery guru has been poached again – only this time by a major automaker.
Soonho Ahn joined Apple as global head of battery development in December 2018. It was noted at the time that Apple was already a customer of Samsung SDI where Ahn was vice president, and their hiring hinted that Apple had the ambition to bring the development of the battery. internally.
And yes, it has been rumored for a long time that Apple is developing something like an electric vehicle with all the functionality of autonomous driving. Did Ahn work on this project at Apple and not the typical tech batteries we know in iPhones and MacBooks?
Either way, it turns out it was an automaker with electric vehicle ambitions that attracted Ahn from Apple. From the translated source:
The Volkswagen Group has courted two leading experts in battery technology at Apple and BMW. This underlines the growing importance of this activity for Wolfsburger.
Volkswagen has confirmed that it has signed Apple’s head of battery development, Soonho Ahn.
Ahn’s LinkedIn profile confirms that the reports:
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