Apple Watch getting new battery tech?

Nozuka

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Might just be a mature coincidence, but if the LTE Apple Watch is coming it will probably need higher battery capacity and i have been waiting for a long time for apple to adopt the battery tech from SolidEnergy. They basically double the energy density of batteries.

Now why do i bring this up? Because SolidEnergy changed their website, saying:
"NEW WEBSITE COMING SOON (09. 2017)"

And you can see a video playing in the background, showing an Apple Watch. The timing seems very suspicious.
http://www.solidenergysystems.com/

Might even make it to the iPhone, since their plan used to be:
"On the topic of smartphones, SolidEnergy plans to roll out batteries to this market, and to wearables, in "early 2017"."

But i expect it to come to the Apple Watch first. (Lower volume test)




 
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Newtons Apple

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Well, or the Watch stays the same size with smaller battery but better energy management and same duration.
Unless Apple makes the battery bigger, your LTE experience will be limited. Does not matter to me as I carry my phone all the time and have no choice but to use it. I can spend hours on the phone daily with customers and there is no way the watch is going to do that with out a honker battery.
 

Neodym

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I can spend hours on the phone daily with customers and there is no way the watch is going to do that with out a honker battery.
Enter Apple Cuff(tm), the wrist case that reloads your Apple Watch on the fly. Takes only 5 minutes of reload for a full hour of talking.

As magic as the AirPods case, just bigger and even better. With colors matching those of your Apple Watch. Now you can really show off your Apple stuff! :D
 

sevoneone

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Looks like Solid Energy is taking existing LiIon tech and shrinking it down. I'm not a chemist, but it seems current tech is pretty solidly at the boundary of what energy density to thermal limits will allow.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I would think using the same battery tech to draw the same amount of current out of a physically smaller/more energy dense battery would generate more heat and more heat is more chances for a "thermal event"
 

goobot

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Looks like Solid Energy is taking existing LiIon tech and shrinking it down. I'm not a chemist, but it seems current tech is pretty solidly at the boundary of what energy density to thermal limits will allow.

Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I would think using the same battery tech to draw the same amount of current out of a physically smaller/more energy dense battery would generate more heat and more heat is more chances for a "thermal event"
Here's a link I found talking about it.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/lithium-metal-batteries-double-power-consumer-electronics-0817
 

Rok73

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Unless Apple makes the battery bigger, your LTE experience will be limited. Does not matter to me as I carry my phone all the time and have no choice but to use it. I can spend hours on the phone daily with customers and there is no way the watch is going to do that with out a honker battery.
Well, personally I'm not in need of an LTE Watch. My phone's around me all the time anyways.
 
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johannnn

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I love the battery of my Series 2 (in contrast to the bad battery of my Series 0). But hopefully new battery tech allows for a thinner watch (regardless if it has LTE or not).

Myself I'm playing with a more minimalistic lifestyle. I don't always need a 7 Plus in my pocket when I'm out, and being able to send simple SMS with Siri, and make phone calls with my AirPods, would be fantastic.
 
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