Apple Said to Be Working with Intelligent Energy on Fuel Cell Technology for Portable Devices

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy may be partnering with Apple to introduce fuel cell technology into future MacBooks and other mobile devices claims a report in The Daily Mail. While the tabloid does not have a strong rumor track record, fuel cells have long been discussed as a possible energy source for portable electronics and there are a few interesting pieces of information linked to the report.

    Intelligent Energy recently revealed it purchased patents for mobile fuel cell technology from Eveready in association with a major international electronics company. Though the partner company is not revealed in any public filings, the Daily Mail's sources claim the mystery company is Apple.
    Intelligent Energy already has ties to Apple, hiring former Apple executive Joe O'Sullivan to serve as its Chief Operating Officer in late 2011. O'Sullivan spent 15 years in operations at Apple, and managed the introduction of the original iMac.

    Apple is no stranger to fuel cell technology, filing a pair of patents in 2010 and 2011 that describe the use of the technology in portable computing devices. The Cupertino company also uses fuel cells on a large scale to help power its corporate headquarters and its Maiden, North Carolina data center.

    Article Link: Apple Said to Be Working with Intelligent Energy on Fuel Cell Technology for Portable Devices
  2. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2013
    thin enough that the benefit will get wasted when Apple shrinks their products even more.....
  4. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    If Apple solves the battery life problem with a crazy leap forward like this then people will finally shut up about the post-jobs innovation problem
  5. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    Incredibly fascinating. I have no idea how they're going to handle charging up the laptop with hydrogen or dealing with the water produced in catalyst, but it's intriguing.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2012
    But then what will the trolls complain about?
  7. macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    This thin.

  8. macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
    The iPhone will be waterproof but the fuel cell will run on water.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    thanks was hoping for this reply :cool:
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2011
    Last i checked fuel cells were in "the low 5 digits" according to the company i was inquiring from. These were small ones as well as far as these things go.

    Really curious how Apple could move the needle on this tech, because it is the most amazing thing since the Internal Combustion Engine. ( Yes and better than graphene).
  12. macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2010
    West of England
    The Daily Mail is known more colloquially as The Daily Fail on this side of the pond so I'm not sure how much faith I'd put in any of their reports, alas.

    Very interesting if there is any truth to this, of course.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    The Daily Mail is renowned for making up anything that supports its agenda, anything that toxic publication produces should be viewed a healthy dose of scepticism
  14. macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2011
    Apple is premium tech; people should have no problem spending that kind of money if they want a phone that separates them from the Android peasants.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Apple (assuming this is true) will not be leaping into this technology by any means. It'll be a long, slow, "baby steps" progression. It's not gonna be some keynote shocker that shows up in a macbook in the next year or 2.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2011
    Still not innovating...

    "Fuel cell firm Intelligent Energy may be partnering with Apple."

    The key here is that a company called Intelligent Energy already has fuel cell technology and intends to use them with portable devices, Apple wants to apply this technology to their own products. Apple isn't innovating anything here.

    All that is happening "post-jobs" is still promoting a myth that Apple actually innovates and not just adapts other people's technology into their products.
  17. macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN
    Makes sense

    I agree with the earlier comment that we won't see this in a commercial product for quite a while but it only makes sense that Apple would be pursuing the technology. Whoever overcomes the technological / cost challenges first will have a huge (albeit temporary) competitive advantage.
  18. macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    So what you're saying is that Apple has to totally invent the technology in order to be innovative? :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    More importantly, whether Apple comes first or second, they might be able to produce laptops and phones with huge battery life.

    You should know that by now. If Apple does it, it's just some old technology that existed for ages, but Apple will get patents for it and everyone else will be suffering. If anyone else does it, it is innovation.

    As I said, I don't care whether Apple "innovates" according to someone's definition or not, I care that they produce good stuff.
  20. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2010
    ...not having a miniaturized wind turbine to power the iPad.
  21. macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Will believe it when I see it. More likely to be large scale fuel cells for apple stores, offices, etc.
  22. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2010
    ...and guess what one can do when there's an immediate need to "refuel" your fuel cell?

    iPee Power
  23. macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2008
    Nectar Power anyone?

    Reminds me of the nectar power thing that was going to run off of little capsules of butane that supposedly were already TSA approved. Talk about Vaporware - they're on "Version 3" now and have yet to sell even a version 1 yet.

    I don't hold out high hopes for fuel-cell powered laptops anytime in the future.
  24. macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2012
    Not saying that this is it, but whoever wins the race to produce a sensibly sized smart phone with enough juice to last 2+ days on a single charge with accepted average levels of daily use will be the next to be truly able to claim "this changes everything".

    I'm lucky if my phone lasts till the late evening after an 8am start and I am definitely not a heavy user.
  25. macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
    Fuel cells sound like something Apple would be very interested in. We'll see if they adapt them into their product lines.

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