Apple patent rounded battery (drawing 004)

The days of boxy computers are history, so why are the batteries which power them still the same shape? That’s the question a pair of new Apple patent applications seek to answer. The patents filed in 2011 with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office describe “non-rectangular batteries for portable devices.”

The iPhone and iPad maker outlines a way to customize the shape of batteries to fit the flexibility of today’s consumer electronics, including the growing array of wearable devices, such as the highly-discussed iWatch or Google’s Glass eyewear…

A pair of Apple patent filings (here and here), both filed on October 28, 2011, outline enclosing battery components in a flexible pouch that molds to a product. The other filing discusses ways of designing batteries which fit curved products of varying depth.

Both inventions could shape a mobile battery so it fits better into a housing and reduce wasted internal space.

Apple patent rounded battery (drawing 002)

In some embodiments, Apple explains that the curve “may be formed at one or more ends of the battery cell to allow the battery cell to occupy a curved and/or rounded space within the enclosure of a laptop computer, tablet computer, mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), digital camera, portable media player and/or other type of battery-powered electronic device.”

Apple patent rounded battery (drawing 001)

While there is no certainty the new battery designs will appear in any Apple products, the company has proposed a number of devices where such flexibility would be an advantage. Along with the much-ballyhooed iWatch, which appears to combine some iPhone technology with a wristwatch, Apple has proposed handsets with wrap-around displays.

Apple patent rounded battery (drawing 003)

The wearable-computing sector, after losing mindshare, has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence. Google has been all over the airwaves promoting its Google Glass eye-wear, which brings a heads-up display to real life.

However, Apple has not been silent, offering a number of options for wearable computing.

  • Muhammad

    I guess they’re done being square, looks like cook wants the devices to be more rounded individuals

    • Gorgonphone

      cook has no damn clue..

      • iOops

        Unfortunately you are right, but he is in control of the Apple empire now.

      • Gorgonphone


    • King

      The 3GS fits much better than the squared iphone 5

      • Kurt

        plastic oh no!

  • No. Just No

    • Gorgonphone

      apple says yes

      • lmao

        Might be interesting

      • I prefer the original design ..
        Apple please dont do it

      • why do you care about what the battery inside of your device looks like?

      • The round design just dont look good like the square one

      • I think it’s interesting, and it actually gives me ideas such as 360º native camera shots…

      • TeddyBearStand

        LOL thats a joke?

    • John714

      see you soon. On the bandwagon that is.

  • King

    it’s 2013 why can’t iPhone charge it’s self yet?

  • Gorgonphone

    yup apple wants to do everything except give us a proper iPhone redesign and and IOS upgrade that makes it less boring..

    • iOops

      “Think Different”… boring fits this category, compared to the competition now. At least until iOS7.

      • still wouldn’t change my idevice for a samsung one…

      • Gorgonphone

        me either…

      • @dongiuj

        Why, what’s happening in ios7 that will make it not boring? Flat UI?

      • iOops

        Since we have only seen ugly concepts, I do hope the real deal will be much better.

  • it could be for ipod touch or iwatch even, i don’t think they are going to redesign the iphone for a little time or make it thin ,flexible, waterproof, and awesome battery and camera and i’m yours apple

  • thecalstanley

    Apple is just making there design idea’s even more random

    • Imagine if they do a 360º native camera with this new design, then i don’t think it would be random… it sounds interesting

      • thecalstanley

        Still, I don’t think it will happen as Apple is in too much of an Eco-system for there devices.

  • iOops

    Would be cool. Samsung has already demo’d some proof of concept phones a while back, and I think the idea would be neat.

  • Guys… this patent doesn’t mean anything…. you are already freaking out for nothing!

  • a watch band possibly?

  • no don’t make it round it’s just stupid and no point

  • Kurt

    Apple patenting shapes again

  • BoardDWorld

    Few dumb answers, and title. Should read “Apple expands battery capacity using curved cells”.

    This as it stands expands iPad’s and MacBook Air’s battery capacity. They will implement it when needed on a given design…

  • yahmed

    Well I’d like to see a new design, but not like this. Curved would be alright only if there is one side curved to show notifications when the cover is on (like samsung showed us in their phone at CES), but this is ridiculous. Bring it on Jony Ive! We aspect great work from you!

    BTW this new design is going to be a year from now, after the next gen iphone (which will have the same design) hopefully this gives them enough time to design something awesome