Hints of a removable iPhone battery buried in patent

Hints of a removable iPhone battery buried in patent

Summary: A recent spate of patent applications filed by Apple and unearthed by AppleInsider detail an intelligent universal battery technology that could lead to a removable battery in a future iPhone model.The Apple patent application details plans for a universal rechargeable battery that can be swapped interchangeably between, presumably, Apple devices.

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apple-universal-battery-patent-iphoneA recent spate of patent applications filed by Apple and unearthed by AppleInsider detail an intelligent universal battery technology that could lead to a removable battery in a future iPhone model.

The Apple patent application details plans for a universal rechargeable battery that can be swapped interchangeably between, presumably, Apple devices. In fact, one patent diagram depicts a mobile phone with a port for the universal battery pack. If Apple does have real plans to bring this particular patent to life, it’s not too far a stretch to see a future iPhone outfitted with the removable battery technology.

Tip: IntoMobile

Topics: Legal, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility

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  • Universal and Patent

    If anything universal, like universal battery technology, I don't think the words "universal" and "patent" mixes very well.

    I mean, what if you want to take the universal battery from an iPhone and just transfer that battery to a T-Mobile G1 device (assuming those two have a universal battery slot)?

    Don't get me started for disliking patents, though. Besides, too many patents filed by a single manufacturer is just asking for filing lawsuits for allegations. :(
    Grayson Peddie
  • Another case of patent the obvious

    It may come as no surprise to you that I hate the patent system, especially when a company like Apple takes something that has existed forever, put a slight twist on it and call it "their" intellectual property. I'd bet that if Apple were making bread, they'd slice it diagonally and patent that - stupid stupid stupid. How about your reward for innovation is being the first to market? Like Bill Gates said, "Every car has a steering wheel, but nobody claims it's theirs." Well Apple claims they've invented the 3 spoke steering wheel - idiots.
    General C#
  • I guess the patent office never heard of batteries

    such as the "D" cell, "C", "AA", "AAA", 9 volt, 6 volt lantern, etc. which also are considered removable, universal, and in many cases rechargeable.

    But seriously, the only thing they could patent would be an exact design specification to prevent third parties from creating another battery that would work for the same exact devices (which is par for the course with Apple). They couldn't prevent other device makers from creating another universal battery that swaps with their own devices, or maybe even its competitor's devices should they cooperate in an effort to make a truly universal battery.
    Michael Kelly
  • OMG - You need a patent for removing a battery? (nt)

    (nt)
    croberts
  • RE: Hints of a removable iPhone battery buried in patent

    It would be interesting to check with Duracell to see
    if they have a patent on this as well ...
    staffmeister154
  • Looks to me like Apple is patenting a specification for a universal battery

    I.E. - Like the Dock Connector. It will be a battery connector and the same battery can be used on the iPod, iPhone, iMac, MacBook, etc.

    Newer models only of course! My iPod dock cable did not work on my iPhone. But the iPhone dock cable works on my iPod.
    No More Microsoft Software Ever!
  • If one were to actually read the patent...

    it's not about the removable battery; it's about a
    [b]system[/b] of efficient and centralized [b]battery
    management[/b].
    msalzberg