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I’m sure you’ve forgotten to charge your iPhone overnight at least once, so you’ve resorted to having to charge it at work. What if you could charge your phone or even your laptop using a green fuel cell battery that allows the power to last for weeks, making it greener and more powerful?
It’s going to be possible soon through Apple, which has filed two patent applications in an effort to allow its MacBook, iPad and iPhone to go several weeks without having to be charged, with the help of fuel cell batteries. You might see this as early as the summer of 2012.
The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s have drawn great interest from customers but also present the issue of not holding a charge as long as customers would like because each phone runs multiple programs at the same time. This consumes battery juice very quickly, thus forcing consumers to have to charge their phones more often. That is why Apple’s patent called “Fuel Cell Systems to Power a Portable Computer Device” is aimed at making the company’s technologies remain powered longer while becoming greener.
“Fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling,” according to Apple.
The company’s other patent would allow fuel cells to be built into its technologies rather than simply being used to charge them, and it allows Apple’s design to be able to recharge a traditional battery, and vice versa. This replicates the function of hybrid engines in green cars.
It’s possible that you could see this new green technology in Apple’s next phone – the iPhone 5, which is slated to arrive at the end of the summer of this year.