Apple files patents for "curved" and "non-rectangular" batteries for mobile devices
posted by Michael H. / May 03, 2013, 4:41 PM
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.
title image source: ciccaresedesign
Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2012
posted on May 03, 2013, 4:55 PM 0
Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 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 May 03, 2013, 5:19 PM 17
Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 01, 2011
This is insane. What's next for Apple...patenting phones that make calls?
posted on May 03, 2013, 4:58 PM 32
Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 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 May 03, 2013, 5:04 PM 13
Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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 May 03, 2013, 6:18 PM 12
Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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 May 03, 2013, 5:06 PM 5
Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 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 May 03, 2013, 5:22 PM 4
Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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 May 03, 2013, 6:08 PM 1
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):