With every new iPhone release consumers get faster internal hardware and a bunch of new features at their disposal, whilst this is great news for the consumer it is bad news for the guys whose task it is to ensure that the battery lasts plenty of hours – so what’s going to happen with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6?
The easy solution would be to just make the next-gen iPhone thicker than previous models and give it a larger battery than ever before – but that’s not Apple’s way. Instead we have come to expect each Apple device to be more slender than the ever-before, or at least just as skinny as last years model, this is despite just how much more advanced the new product is. So what’s Apple’s solution going to be for the distant iPhone 6, and the not-so distant iPhone 5?
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Well the good news is that advances in microprocessor technology ensures that new high-performance cores will consume less power than you would have ever deemed possible, but that’s not all! If you head over to IBTimes there is some interesting information regarding a recent Apple patent application. To summarize it looks like bringing fuel cell systems to future products could be the answer – here’s an extract from the patent application:
“Fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refuelling,” Apple said in a patent application.
As you can see the sentence is very well-worded, but no-matter how you look at it it’s hard to ignore the fact that Apple seem to believe that fuel cell technology could bring days or weeks of usage from a single charge – this would undoubtedly change the smartphone, tablet and laptop market forever.
A fuel cell works by sandwiching an electrolyte between two electrodes, when hydrogen passes over one of these electrodes and oxygen passed over the other electricity is produced – heat and water (often vapour) are the only emissions. Excuse our ignorance but would this mean that our pocket is likely to get warm and wet? (If you are an expert in regards to fuel cell technology please answer this in the comments section towards the bottom of this page).
Fuel cell technology certainly sounds promising, but we aren’t yet sure whether this is feasible for a smartphone launch in 2012, perhaps 2013 is more likely as this will give Apple plenty of time to ensure that this means of powering a smartphone will actually work in the real-world.
Do you think that fuel cell technology will come to smartphones within the next year?