Apple Patent Details Flexible Battery Shape for Future Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An Apple patent application published yesterday (via Patently Apple) by the United States Patent and Trademark office details the creation of a flexible battery shape, suggesting that the company is exploring solutions for future products that may take on a unique shape, such as the rumored iWatch.

    The patent, which was filed in December of 2011, covers a flexible battery pack that consists of several different cells connected through a laminate layer, designed to "allow the battery to be shaped to fit a form factor of the electronic device."

    Apple's patent also suggests that a flexible battery pack could have certain cells removed to incorporate thermoelectric coolers, flashes, or a camera, allowing the battery to fit more snugly into a small space. The company points out that an isolated flexible cell arrangement increases device reliability as well, preventing multiple connected cells from failing at once due to environmental factors like moisture or dust.

    According to Apple, its flexible battery solution could be used in a number of devices, including "wristwatches, calculators, laptop computers, tablet computers, and/or music players."

    A patent application published in March and a job listing in April suggested that Apple was researching iPhones constructed with flexible wraparound displays, and such designs would likely incorporate the flexible battery detailed in yesterday's patent.

    Apple's much rumored "iWatch" could also take advantage of a flexible battery, as a February patent revealed that the company was experimenting with a potential wraparound touch-sensitive display.

    In recent weeks, Apple has filed for a number of trademarks on the iWatch name around the world. According to rumors, Apple has 100 product designers working on the watch, which is likely to launch in 2014.

    Article Link: Apple Patent Details Flexible Battery Shape for Future Devices
  2. laflores macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    Costa Rica
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Apple's really had some very exciting patents for batteries in the last few years.
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    3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
  5. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    You see this and think wow how simple ... how is this not an existing patent. Apple you patent geniuses!
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT

    All LiPo batteries have the same slight fire/swelling risk. Can't tell you how many Android, Windows, and iOS devices I've seen with swollen batteries working for the geeksquad the past few years.
  7. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Oh, I know, I was just being facetious and teasing. It happens to all batteries cross tech, Apple just gets the brunt of it cause, well, Apple is "evil" ;)
  8. Klae17 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Wow. How can the patent system be so broken? This is completely obvious and I should have patented it and I can be making millions by now because I know more about patents than Apple. /s
  9. Bistroengine macrumors regular


    Jan 16, 2004
    If this is for the rumored iWatch, you can bet that the batteries will be integrated into the watches wrist straps.
  10. Bhatu macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2013
  11. markfc macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Prestatyn, Wales, UK
    Replacement iWatch battery straps for $99 coming in 3, 2, 1... ;-)
  12. iglobe macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2012
    Display Spec:Iwatch display res 1136x640 4" .this resolution looks better on hand then an broader 720p ,this the only reason apple choose that weird long remote display resolution .also good for developers ,no need to develope app for new display resolution.
  13. blitzer09x87 macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    hmmm...impressive. i hope they bring out the flexible battery asap, i dont want it to just get lost in the millions of patents owned by apple.
  14. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    The iWatch is something between the iPhone and a “normal” watch. I do not see the big market.
  15. jack2wai2 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012

    Now, Samsung created flexible screen while Apple created flexible battery. The war...

    How can we expect flexible smartphone in the future without these two companies work together?
  16. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Northwest Indiana
    Side note. I work for geek squad also and I've seen quite a few old iPhone 4 and 4s crack the back glass just because of battery swelling. Where you work for geek squad at?
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    I'm in CT
  18. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Um... flexible / mold forming batteries have been around for... near decades. :confused: Yes, different chemistry, but the jump to this chemistry I'd say is obvious to people familiar power storage / electronics packaging.

    The cost of tooling / manufacturing likely kept them out of the mainstream back then - but this is by no stretch, something unique. I hope a patent is not granted solely for this.

    Especially when a quick google yields:,16852.html
  19. HMI macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2012
    Or iPad Smart Cover
  20. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

    Feb 22, 2009
    I'm excited about this and the possibilities! :)
  21. Casiotone macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2008
    Because Samsung is not the first, nor the only company that "invented" flexible screens? (despite all the "futuristic" demos they've done trying to make you think otherwise.)

    Also, I still don't see how a flexible screen could be usable as a touch screen.

    What an iWatch needs is not a flexible screen, but a curved touchscreen that doesn't deform when you touch it.
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    3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    How about OLED displays so thin they're like newspapers that change as news reports change a la "Minority Report"? That would be amazing!

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  23. TMay macrumors 68000

    Dec 24, 2001
    Carson City, NV
    It's the specifics that are potentially patentable. People here don't seem to understand that the design and the manufacturing process of making these is where the patents are applicable.

    Making a practical watchband with a series of batteries in it would be patentable as well. Perhaps this patent foreshadows that?

    As to flexibility, there is a great deal of difference between flex necessary for a one time installation process and that necessary for a device to be attached and removed from the wrist multiple times during the day for the lifetime of the product.

    Of course, not stating that this is what the patent refers to.
  24. macrumors 68000

    May 25, 2012
    Yea I could see this in the watch. Hopefully it wouldnt get to warm though?
  25. damir00 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 30, 2011
    Hmm....I may have priority on this one...came up with an application for embedding batteries in the curve of a over-ear headphone head piece...

    Will have to read this one closely....

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