Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has reportedly partnered with Hsin Chu, Taiwan-based Simplo Technologies to get the supply of thin and flexible batteries for its alleged iPhone 6. The iPhone maker was unable to get the desired battery from its current suppliers Samsung and LG Chemicals, according to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.
Some relief to Apple
There were various reports that Apple Inc.’s larger version of the iPhone 6 release will be postponed due to the inability of the company to get a less than 2 millimeters tall battery required in the device, a noticeable reduction from the current set of batteries.
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It is expected that Cupertino, Calif-based Company will deviate from its normal course and release two versions of its iPhone 6, a smaller version and a phablet. Additionally, the flagship phones will be powered with “A8” processor, and an alleged sapphire covered display could also be fitted. Contrary to previous reports that gave same dates for the launch of both the version, the 5.5-inch variant may be launched later. Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the larger device can be released in 2015 due to problems with manufacturing of its metal casing.
Is Apple testing fuel-cells?
A separate report claims that Apple is running several tests on developing fuel-cells for the MacBook, the iPhone and the iPads in partnership with Intelligent Energy, a British firm. The new eco-friendly technology transforms the chemical energy from fuel stored in the cells to electricity, which is said to be efficient. Energy trapped in the fuel-cells can power the battery in the future iPhone and iPads, which would not exhaust after a single charge for upto days or even weeks.
If the report is to be believed, Intelligent Energy has entered into a deal with an unidentified major electronics company, which could be ‘Apple’ as per the report. Not long ago, Apple filed its own patent related to its research and development work with fuel-cell powered Macbooks and smartphones.
A patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office points about the hydrogen cell technology to convert hydrogen and oxygen into water and electrical energy. Also, the technology is focused to replace the present heavy battery and offer long-lasting battery-life for smartphones, laptops and notebooks.