A Nuclear Powered iPhone? Not so Fast!
How this concept grew into a widely discussed topic on the web is far beyond my capacity for understanding, but, alas, there are some iPhone fanatics who have misinterpreted recent coverage of a new potential energy-harnessing battery and, as a result, started speculating about the prospect of a "nuclear-powered iPhone" arriving one day in the future.
Sounds like a great idea. Someone flubs a jailbreak and suddenly their city gets nuked. Actually, the super battery in question isn't nuclear-powered at all, just as our friends at Dvice
pointed out in their coverage of the scientific discovery. As it turns out, you can obtain a "super substance" when you crush the chemical xenon difluoride with the pressure of 1 million times our atmosphere. What results is a "little metallic-looking brick that amounts to the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage device ever created." In other words, its a potential battery that you would never have to charge.
Even though the scientists responsible for the discovery at Washington State's chemistry labs admit that we have a long way to go "before this tech has a commercial application," there are reports and hype suggesting that Apple may soon look into the potential of this technology to devise future iPhone batteries that will last an entire lifetime without a single recharge. That sounds cool... but it probably won't ever happen. And we're certainly just as unlikely to see a nuclear-powered iPhone battery. The shear insanity of the suggestion doesn't even warrant a discussion of the many ways in which such a concept isn't practical, safe, or possibly even feasible.
Nonetheless, a lot of iPhone enthusiasts are "charged-up" by the discovery of this "super battery," and, consequently, it's a safe bet that we'll be herring plenty more nonsense about it in the days and weeks ahead.
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