Apple Experimenting With Batteries Capable of Only Needing a Monthly Charge?
Recent patents reveal how Apple may have made increasing a device’s total battery life one of its top priorities. Any improvement would be a good thing, but there is a chance that we may see an iPhone sometime in the next few years or possibly even months with a battery that is capable of going about a month without having to be charged. How is this possible? Liquidmetal.
Apple acquired rights to using Liquidmetal, a product made out of a unique mixture of alloys, months ago. The first thing that Apple uses it for may be fuel cell production. Fuel cells are special because they promise a battery life several times that of a standard lithium ion battery, which most consumer devices currently utilize.
The problem with fuel cells has been practically getting them to the consumer market in a small size, though Apple has the size and power to be able to experiment and eventually create a fuel cell that can be mass-produced and used in a small device. While there is no indication that we will see a fuel cell battery in the fifth-generation iPhone, it seems viable that it could be ready in time for 2012. All of this was taken from analyzing a vague Apple patent and researching into what a fuel cell is potentially capable of.
Even if we do not see a fuel cell battery in an Apple device anytime soon, Apple is also hard at work creating a lithium ion battery capable of a better battery life. This would be possible by creating a denser lithium ion battery capable of holding a bigger charge within the same dimensions. AppleInsider originally reported on this patent that provides evidence of denser lithium ion batteries.