Apple Patent Suggests New Thinner Batteries on the Way

By , Jan 20, 2012

A new Apple patent application to be released by the United States Patent and Trademark Office suggest that our future MacBooks, iPhones, iPods and iPads could get even thinner thanks to improved batteries.

When building a portable device one of the most important parts is the battery. Too small and your device will not have enough power to last a reasonable length of time. Too big and you risk making the device too large as well as making it unnecessarily heavy.

This new patent application shows that Apple is well aware of the need for improved battery technology, and it seems it might be on to something…

The patent itself allows for batteries to be made up of electrode sheets of varying dimensions. These sheets can then be arranged in a variety of shapes such as pyramids or L-shapes rather than the conventional rectangles.

“…the battery cell may include an asymmetric and/or non-rectangular design that accommodates the shape of the portable electronic device. In turn, the battery cell may provide greater capacity, packaging efficiency, and/or voltage than rectangular battery cells in the same portable electronic device.”

By changing the size and shape of battery cells Apple could potentially increase the amount of power held within the same area, making it possible for iOS devices and MacBooks to pack higher capacity batteries without the extra size and weight.

As we always say with these things however, patents do not always lead to real world applications, but we know we’d love our devices to last a little longer so our fingers are well and truly crossed!

[Patently Apple]

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  • Anonymous

    EXCITED FOR YOU KNOW WHAT.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

      Only a couple of hours to go :D

      • mattsuperman148

        Wait are you serious? They said only a couple more hours to go?!

      • Anonymous

        YES IN FACT THEY STATED IN HOURS, YOUR PHONES WILL BE FREE.

    • mattsuperman148

      I saw it your right! I guess FRIDAY is A5DAY!

      • Anonymous

        DAMN IT THIS TENSION IS KILLING ME.

      • mattsuperman148

        Hurry up IDB! GET ON THIS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jose-Cardozo/100002392619169 Jose Cardozo

      Shoot! I gotta find an exuse to leave work and go home and to b near my computer!! Finally our phones will be freed!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557279411 Brandon XIao K

    use solar =)

  • http://twitter.com/tcgehman Thomas C. Gehman

    Wow….I like that idea…..a lot…..