An Apple patent published today shows the potential for “non-rectangular batteries for portable devices”.
In the patent Apple highlights how it could use batteries that don’t conform to the rectangle-shape convention, making them more suited to powering more innovative devices, such as wearable tech. There are two specific patents. The first shows technology that encloses battery components in a flexible pouch that molds to protect the battery.
The second patent shows various battery designs to suit devices of a varying depths, predominantly through us of layers.
Both of these patents would allow Apple to tailor its batteries around the components of a device, rather than having to work around the rigid shape of a rectangular battery, reducing wasted space.
A flexible battery would lend itself most to a potential iWatch, but could also reinforce Apple’s future in flexible devices.