By Anton D. Nagy | January 21, 2012 9:08 AM
If you think back at the time you purchased your first smartphone and try to remember the battery you’ll notice that nothing has changed throughout the years. Regardless if we talk about the Galaxy Nexus, the HTC Vivid or any other modern phone, they all pack the same battery slab more or less, rectangular, probably somewhat thinner and little more powerful. Apple is about to change all that, at least according to its patent application.
It’s safe to say that we all agree upon the fact that devices became thinner and thinner over time (of course, more power hungry but that’s another deal), regardless if we talk about smartphones (Galaxy S II, iPhone 4S) or tablets (Galaxy Tab 10.1, iPad 2). According to Apple’s patent application filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, we can probably prepare to forget the batteries we know today.
Apple’s thinks that a battery should and can have different dimensions and shapes. It could be achievable by using a set of electrode sheets which differ in dimensions; these can be arranged freely or even stacked configuration in order to use space effectively (by even mimicking the general outline of the hardware).
Wedges, circles, rectangles, triangles, circled, squared or other shaped batteries could be imagined and used inside tomorrow’s gadgets. However, many of you will also agree that we are currently at a point where devices have reached a limit in terms of how thin they are. We’re not referring to this limit from the technological point of view but rather from the user’s perspective who finds it harder and harder to grab a thin device.
Whether this new vision related to batteries will bring more juice to the already power-hungry screens, radios and dual-cameras is yet unknown. However, in contrast to those described above, many would like to see even thinner phones and tablets. We can all agree upon the fact that we all want to use devices that use power more efficiently or have a large battery that allows you to go on for at least a full day of moderate-to-heavy usage.