We all have different opinions as to which is the best phone or tablet on the market, it all comes down to personal preference and how the device works within your daily routine. But one area that we can all agree on is the lack of battery life. Now I know there are some that are better than others, but surely we are settling ourselves into what we think is the norm.
Things however could be set to change as Apple has secured its first patent for Liquidmetal, a new innovation in space-age metal alloy.
While as Leander Kahney from Cult of Mac says, you would assume that a metal alloy composite would be the ideal base for casings or antenna application on to Apple’s next gen iPad 2 or iPhone 5. Apple has decided to utilize the technology to explore the internal capabilities of a new fuel cell.
Using the Liquidmetal (or as the patent describes “amorphous alloy”), Apple is looking into designing an electrochemical battery, which generates electricity from hydrogen. This exclusive agreement that Apple has sign up for will give them technology which NASA say is “poised to redefine materials science as we know it in the 21st century.”
The Liquidmetal provides a high-strength, scratch-resistant, super lightweight material that would be ideal for external use. So the question is why Apple is not using it for something other than a fuel cell?
The answer could be that technology that allows a cheap, efficient and environmentally friendly way to power devices would become a massive business. As Matthew Humphries over at Geek.com remarks, Apple has always redefined the markets it has entered whilst also moving the technology forward. For example, devices that we now take for granted like the iPhone, iPod and iPad all pushed the envelope of design and technology.
Now imagine if 1-2 day battery lives were extended to 30 days or more between charges, and notebook batteries lasting 20 hours plus, this would push Apple into a whole new level.
Obviously, this dream is still a way off; there are many obstacles to overcome with manufacturing a safe and reliable solution. But at least it is a step in the right direction, check out Cult of Mac to read more about this new technology and tell us where else we could benefit?