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Apple files patents for "curved" and "non-rectangular" batteries for mobile devices

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There has been a lot of talk recently about big changes coming to iOS. More and more, we're hearing that iOS 7 will have a new "flatter" visual design, which should be interesting given the relative stagnation of the iOS UI over the years. We don't expect a different hardware design for the iPhone 5S, but a couple of new patent filings may point towards Apple's thinking for the iPhone 6.

Apple has filed two patents for portable device batteries. One is for a "curved battery cell" and the other for a "non-rectangular battery". Both patent applications were filed on Oct. 28, 2011. According to the filing, "the curve is formed to facilitate efficient use of space inside a portable electronic device." Although, it should be noted that Apple's filing for curved battery cells use the same pouch mechanism as other curved batteries already on the market. 

While a curved battery could be implemented in a device with a more dramatically new design, the non-rectangular battery is something that fits more into what we've already seen from Apple. Apple loves to use tapered edges on devices to make them lighter and  seem thinner, so being able to taper the battery could help fit a bigger battery into a tapered design. 

source: USPTO 1 & 2 via AppleInsider
title image source: ciccaresedesign

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posted on 03 May 2013, 16:55

1. hinz10 (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


first!

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:19 17

10. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Flexible battery was already patented but "curve" battery without flexible is not possible. No patent should be award to Apple or unless it is hard and curve battery.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:50 8

15. TheMan (Posts: 400; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Using these criteria wouldn't a number of vibrators qualify before Apple?

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:12 1

19. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


They are "mobile devices", so probably.

posted on 04 May 2013, 00:39 8

34. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Apple hires more lawyers than engineers!

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:31 3

24. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


no, curved batteries don't have to be flxible, they can be made curved

it's still a stupid patent though

posted on 03 May 2013, 22:40 4

31. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Apple spending more amount in legal department than in genuine R&D. Sometime I feel besides iDevices Apple's mainstream business is lawsuit!

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:02 5

35. 8logic (Posts: 130; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


an "AA" battery is a "non rectangular battery", this is why i freaking hate the fruit

posted on 04 May 2013, 04:38

38. therealestboy (Posts: 47; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Did you actually read the patent? SMH.

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:22

42. moroninc (Posts: 176; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


hehehe Apple ... just needs to twist the words and vola! .. new patent to an already existing patent.

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:04

41. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


i just made it 20!!!

posted on 03 May 2013, 16:58 32

2. LandLockedPH (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Jul 2011)


This is insane. What's next for Apple...patenting phones that make calls?

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:04 13

5. TheMan (Posts: 400; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I had a similar reaction. Curved and other non-traditional/standard shaped batteries have been in use for at least a decade. Okay, far longer if you just look at your laptop.

So, is merely sticking one into a new product category patent-worthy? I think not.

Come on, Patent Office, don't do your usual crappy level of due diligence.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:28 6

12. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Its okay, there working on passing laws so companies like Apple and Nokia can't be patent trolls.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:18 12

21. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Not sure how Nokia rated that comment.

Apple = Creates patent for tech they don't have and will never use, just to reap the benefits when someone else creates it.

Nokia = Actually creates new tech, patents it, and uses it in actual hardware.

posted on 04 May 2013, 06:01 1

40. mayur007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


100 % agree
apple the blatant company ...

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:30 3

23. papss (unregistered)


Why so SS could copy even more without getting slapped for a fine?

posted on 05 May 2013, 06:24

46. mayur007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


bcoz making a phone is not crime
but not letting other is a crime :P

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:01 23

3. pookiewood (Posts: 567; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


STFU Apple.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:04 16

4. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Here we go again...

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:05 10

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Looks like a sausage to me.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:06 5

7. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 426; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


wow, totally not worth the patent process, the lawyers, the who gives a crap, just make it. You don't have to own and prevent such uselessness Apple :/ Just because u thunk it, you weren't probably first, you just were the Ahorns that tried to patent it and prevent anyone from using it because you believe in innovation by elimination as you simple feel you can't make it without this tactic

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:06 11

8. 110410 (Posts: 23; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


Desperate times call for desperate measures

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:12 4

9. tedkord (Posts: 4519; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I already have a non-rectangular battery for my SGS3. Don't cross the patent trolls bridge.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:22 4

11. sintruder (Posts: 58; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


that's ridiculous, a patent for non rectangular batteries! so if htc started patenting then we couldn't have a smartphone, a touch screen phone, a slide out keyboard phone, an all aluminum phone, a front facing speakers phone, a windows phone (htc pushed microsoft for a windows operating system for phones) from other companies.

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:30 16

13. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


Another stupid Apple pattent!

posted on 03 May 2013, 17:41

14. kickrox (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


im glad to see apple is making a change. i dont mind the patents as long as it has a unique standpoint in its use for its design and how the battery will operate.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:06 1

16. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Maybe rumored curved iPhone with larger display is true.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:08 1

17. roscuthiii (Posts: 1786; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Hmm, is it at all possible that Apple drew these up years and years ago, but we're only just finding out about them now??? Otherwise... (smh)

Also, is it me or does the thumbnail pic look like someone turned a Magic Mouse into an iPhone concept? And, the battery figure... Looks an awful lot like an old HTC Dream/T-Mo G1 from the side profile. Just sayin'.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:11

18. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Seriously I thought MS/Nokia had a commercial of a phone with curved wrap around display phone 2-3 years ago. So whatever Apple has coming is not revolutionary.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:13 3

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6264; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


NOT AGAIN! now patent for curve batteries? who would want a curve battery? aren't they like retangles?

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:25 2

22. TechnoTechyes (Posts: 56; Member since: 24 Jan 2011)


I'd love to say something, but I feel bad that this is what 50,000 employees came up with. It feels more like a jab at HTC for missing this patent even though they are the only major manufacturer producing a phone with that type of back. If though, the iPhone 6 is not rounded, I think they should face HUGE fines from the government for patent abuse. It seems clear that they are trying to harm HTC, just for fun.

It would be like Apple getting stylus patents, even though they have sworn off that input method.

posted on 03 May 2013, 18:49 1

25. tedkord (Posts: 4519; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


http://m.techcrunch.com/2013/01/02/stick-them-with-the-pointy-end-apple-files-active-stylus-patent/

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:07 3

26. pongkie (Posts: 497; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


that phone looks like apple's magic mouse

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:12 1

27. talon95 (Posts: 63; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


Another BS Apple patent. Last time I checked AA batteries were curved. In addition what's the difference between installing 3 individual batteries in a product with a curved battery box and wrapping those same 3 batteries in mylar and dropping them is as a single unit that is "curved"? Once again Apple tries to patent tech that they know nothing about and have nothing to do with. They should be ashamed to pretend this passes for innovation.

posted on 03 May 2013, 20:41 2

28. RomeoJDR (Posts: 237; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


No patent should be awarded for a shape of a battery.

posted on 03 May 2013, 21:26 1

29. reyenrique (Posts: 85; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)


screw apple

posted on 03 May 2013, 21:35

30. hybrid06339 (Posts: 23; Member since: 16 May 2012)


does these mean that AAA, AA, C and D type batteries will now be subjected to an Apple fee? I mean they are curved and non rectangular, so maybe they didn't patent cyndrical? i guess...

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:04

32. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Lol..so they are going to just change the look of the new iphone to try to sell it..haha knowing most idiots will jump on the looks...

posted on 03 May 2013, 23:10 1

33. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5263; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


WTF is this??? x(

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:10 1

36. Topcat488 (Posts: 1126; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


That next iphone really does look like the magic mouse... Or like, when you only use one side of the soap bar, all the time.

posted on 04 May 2013, 01:41 1

37. neurobiologist (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


f**king apple, tries to patent every single ridiculous thing, to look innovative.

posted on 04 May 2013, 05:58 1

39. mayur007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


new patent litigation coming soon .. :p
lol

posted on 04 May 2013, 10:01 1

43. fwinst (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 May 2010)


looking at the renderings, it's hard to tell whether the cell is actually curved. It looks like the casing might be the only thing that's curved. This is just beyond insane.

posted on 04 May 2013, 12:35

44. Aeires (unregistered)


Hard to believe something so generic would get approved. Then again, Apple getting generic patents isn't a new concept.

posted on 04 May 2013, 18:49

45. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This, too, shall not pass! Wow, amazing ...apple not being innovative...no way

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