Apple Patent Details Universal Battery and Charging System
Apple products and removable batteries have a hate-hate relationship. Apple hates them, and we hate that they don’t have them.
Which makes Apple’s latest patent just that much more insane: A patent for a universal battery system. Patent #8,269,453
“Battery Charging System for Mobile and Accessory Device,” details a system where universal removable battery packs can be used to power devices like your wireless keyboard, phone, mouse, and other accessories.
While the patent is promising, don’t bet on Apple introducing the technology any time soon. Even though the prospect of having a battery pack that could both be charged by your Macbook Pro or extend the laptop’s battery life is enticing if not revolutionary. The batteries themselves could even have “serviceable” cores that could be replaced if and when the lithium elements go bad.
The tech is based off a patent originally filed for in 2007, with the current patent dating back to 2010. While all of the ideas held within are fantastic, the fact Apple owns this patent is a little saddening considering the company’s stance toward removable batteries, let alone shared battery systems.