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
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46 Comments

1. hinz10

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

first!

10. som

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.

15. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

19. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

They are "mobile devices", so probably.

34. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Apple hires more lawyers than engineers!

24. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

no, curved batteries don't have to be flxible, they can be made curved it's still a stupid patent though

31. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

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

35. 8logic

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

38. therealestboy

Posts: 82; Member since: May 03, 2013

Did you actually read the patent? SMH.

42. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

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

41. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

i just made it 20!!!

2. LandLockedPH

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 01, 2011

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

5. TheMan

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.

12. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

21. Bilpocalypse

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.

40. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

100 % agree apple the blatant company ...

23. papss unregistered

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

46. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

3. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

STFU Apple.

4. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

Here we go again...

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Looks like a sausage to me.

7. appleDOESNT.com

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

8. 110410

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

Desperate times call for desperate measures

9. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

11. sintruder

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.

13. ZeroCide

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Another stupid Apple pattent!

14. kickrox

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 26, 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.

16. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Maybe rumored curved iPhone with larger display is true.

17. roscuthiii

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'.

18. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

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