Apple patent reveals non-rectangular batteries, hints at slimmer devices

Apple patent reveals non-rectangular batteries, hints at slimmer devices
Battery related patents by Apple are something that we have stumbled upon more than a few times already. But checking out one more of them would not hurt, would it? Here is how Apple could potentially make the most of the space that is available within its mobile devices – by redesigning the shape of their batteries.

As you probably know, the batteries inside today's smartphones and tablets have the shape of a rectangle. Apple, however, has patented the idea of creating non-rectangular batteries by arranging layers of electrodes one on top of another. That could enable the creation of triangular or oval batteries that can fit in spaces where standard rectangular ones wouldn't. Additionally, such non-traditional batteries would allow for Apple's devices to get slimmer while still having enough space to contain all the necessary electronics. For example, a battery, such as the one you see in the image, could fit snugly in the corner of an iPad's body. Other designs might allow for a battery to be fitted behind the iPad's bezel.

Of course, as the case is with most of Apple's patents, the technology might never see the light of day. But then again, the ideas described within the patent surely make more sense than others.



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Apple has also patent every shape of battery physically possible from triangles shape,pyramid,star shape to that of the tea cup shape battery,every other manufacturer of batteries in existence should take note to avoid future legal battles.

11. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Hearts, stars and horseshoes, clovers and blue moons. Pots of Gold, and Rainbows, and me Red Balloons! =P

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

rotten fruit sux

2. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

why do apple do this, it really pisses me off. I know the company has a right to protect their design but if they patent every bit of idea it will really slow down the evolution of a specific technology development. I dont want to use apple products stop trying to force us apple

6. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

stop complaining cry baby. there are millions of other ideas. other manufacturers just need to THINK and stop copying other companies.

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

You mean copy apple by making a black coloured devices,using a rectangular shape design despite this being a universal shape for countless devices,copying by using touchscreen,and also as apple have dictated that samsung should do not use "neat" buttons and instead use clumpy buttons? Hmmmm........other companies are as indeed guilty as sin when it comes to copying apple

12. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Think? Who seriously hasn't thought of this? Thing is, other companies actually bother to make sure it is possible to make before applying for a patent, so even if they tried to make it and failed, another company can attempt to make it too and if their successful, hopefully they share their tech. Why do you think there are so many products out there with the labeling "Patent Pending" even though the product is right in front of their eyes? Apple on the other hand, has "Patent Pending" on a product that doesn't even exist, or worst, it's already been made and they just patent it anyway...

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I'd have to disagree. Other than those radio signal patents, there isn't much innovation or even sign of innovation coming from other manufacturers.

13. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

people always crying. Every one has the same chance to patent their own ideas.

17. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Just because you can patent something, doesn't mean you should.

18. stealthd unregistered

How could this possibly piss anyone off? Are you taking crazy pills? A patent for a non-rectangular battery does not give Apple blanket ownership of EVERY non-rectangular battery. If patents piss you off, it's because you have no idea how they work.

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

"...For example, a battery, such as the one you see in the image, could fit snugly in the corner of an iPad's body. Other designs might allow for a battery to be fitted behind the iPad's bezel. " Interesting, considering that Apple tends to make rectangular phones and not round phones why would making the battery non rectangular make any sort of sense to stick in a corner of the phone that somehow isn't rectangular. This looks like a case of patent as much ideas as possible that way if someone in the future comes up with something that works and is similar to our patent we can basically get money from it and or take it and make it ours. USPTO needs to be overhauled and not allow broad patents with vague or blanket descriptions. It must be limited to something specific and the patent should be held in line with whatever the idea is. Anything extra must be patented seperately, should someone else come up with a similar idea but it is executed in a different manner USPTO can check both to see if they follow the same type of execution and arrive at the same end point. Also both would have to be working, no point in you having a patent for something and suing someone else when you haven't even made use of your patent and have something to show for even having that patent at all. That should stir up creativity and keep these lazy bums from sitting on tech patents and not doing a thing with it, but waiting for someone to perfect it and then come out crying foul and wanting money or some other nonsense.

5. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Agreed... just hording patents so they stop losing as many lawsuits in 'future' legal battles.

4. zurggie

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Wow, patent a non-rectangular shape battery? So all other manufacturer stuck with rectangular shape battery? Clever Apple.

7. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Is it only me or Apple sometimes really pisses with their ridiculous patents!

9. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

There is nothing wrong in patenting such things .. If this stops future innovations of other companies i accept it really pisses me off .. But think the other way if apple introduces it first and becomes successful and a another company just comes and copies it and becomes more successful than apple how it would feel for Apple ?? Some companies never shows respect to innovations ..

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So they will sue anyone that have a built in battery? What's the point you can't even take out your battery on your iPhone

14. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I have already patented these shapes prepare for a lawsuit you

15. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Apple has forgotten to patent the rectangular battery If they do that imagine they can ban ALL competitors

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