Future iPhones Could Feature Custom Batteries For Better Longevity
Apple is reportedly working on a new type of battery technology that could allow for improved longevity in the future.
Apple’s recent iPhones have struggled in terms of batteries, with battery health falling off a cliff surprisingly quickly for many an iPhone 14 owner.
Now, ET News reports that Apple is looking into the prospect of using new materials to enhance the performance of the batteries.
“Apple aims to develop an all-new battery that significantly boosts its performance by directly participating in the development of materials that make up batteries, such as cathode and cathode materials,” the report says via machine translation. “Cathode materials are the key materials that determine performance, such as battery energy density, output, and stability.”
It’s reported that Apple is working on a new composition that will include the performance of the battery’s raw materials such as “nickel, cobalt, manganese, and aluminum to make cathode materials.”
It’s possible that the new technology could not only make batteries last longer but also make them quicker to charge, something that Apple has lagged behind on to date. The iPhone 15 lineup charges relatively slowly compared to many Android flagship models, for example.
As for timescales, the ET News report suggests that the new batteries could arrive in products shipped to customers in 2025, which means we might have to wait until the iPhone 17 to benefit — although the batteries could well find their way into other devices like laptops and tablets before then.