In Apple’s seemingly endless quest to make its products lighter and thinner, the company may have come up with a clever way to save space in future versions of the iPhone and iPad: by using curved batteries that nestle more comfortably into its devices’ contours. AppleInsider has found a pair of Apple patent filings that describe “curved battery cells for portable electronic devices” and “non-rectangular batteries for portable electronic devices” that the publication speculates could be used in future iPads and iPhones.
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In one of its patent filings, Apple says that the batteries’ curves were designed ”to facilitate efficient use of space inside a portable electronic device” and notes that “the curve may be formed at one or more ends of the battery cell to allow the battery cell to occupy a curved and/or rounded space within the enclosure of a laptop computer, tablet computer, mobile phone” and more. Left unsaid is the fact that curved batteries would also be perfect for Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” that the company reportedly plans to sell as an accessory to compliment its other mobile devices.
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