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  • Apple Rumored to Utilize LG Chem's "Stepped Battery" Technology for its iWatch


    Apple will use lithium-ion batteries supplied by Samsung SDI, Tianjin Lishen Battery and LG Chem for its upcoming iWatch according to a report from The Korea Herald. LG Chem in particular produces stepped batteries that are said to offer both greater longevity and greater flexibility as they can be made in a variety of shapes. A source mentioned the following regarding the matter:

    Apple will use lithium-ion batteries supplied by Samsung SDI, Tianjin Lishen Battery, and LG Chem for its upcoming iWatch, reports The Korea Herald. LG Chem in particular produces stepped batteries that are said to offer both greater longevity and greater flexibility, as they can be made in a variety of shapes.

    Apple will utilize LG Chem's stepped battery since it offers better longevity than others and can be applied for different shapes.
    For those of you who don’t know, a stepped battery is similar to a traditional lithium-ion battery but it also includes an extra ridge or “step” on the back that increases the battery’s capacity. According to LG Chem, the design boosts capacity by roughly 16%, which results in three extra hours of battery life in the LG G2 smartphone. Apple would need to use a much smaller battery but such a design could help the company gain extra longevity. Battery life is said to be one of Apple’s major iWatch developmental issues with a report from last year suggesting the company was seeing just one to two days of battery life in prototype devices. Another January report indicated Apple is still having trouble reaching its target goal of four to five days of battery life.

    Apple has also been experimenting with a number of charging methods that would make it easier for consumers to charge their devices on a frequent basis along with its efforts to increase battery life. For example, inductive charging would allow the iWatch to be charged wirelessly, alleviating the need for a traditional cable charging method. The company has also investigated solar and movement-based charging but it’s unlikely these technologies will be included in the iWatch.

    The Cupertino California company’s iWatch remains in the developmental stages but the company reportedly has a multitude of employees working on the device. It has hired a number of health and fitness experts in recent months and it appears that the device could include an array of battery-intensive functions and health sensors. There is no information as to the release of the device but recent reports have suggested that late 2014 could be a target goal, possibly alongside iOS 8 and the next-gen iPhone. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Source: The Korea Herald via MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rumored to Utilize LG Chem's "Stepped Battery" Technology for its iWatch started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. HovikGas's Avatar
      HovikGas -
      Dang, late 2014 is going to see a lot of crazy stuff coming out huh? Maybe iWatch, maybe iPad Pro, maybe Oculus Rift? If you don't know what that is, I highly recommend you look it up. Even though it isn't Apple-related, it's so ******* awesome, Modmyi should do a story on it anyway!
    1. Feanor64's Avatar
      Feanor64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HovikGas View Post
      Dang, late 2014 is going to see a lot of crazy stuff coming out huh? Maybe iWatch, maybe iPad Pro, maybe Oculus Rift? If you don't know what that is, I highly recommend you look it up. Even though it isn't Apple-related, it's so ******* awesome, Modmyi should do a story on it anyway!
      Are u kidding me? Do you actually think people are going to wear that? That was tried decades ago. Can u even imagine the neck pain? Unless they could somehow advance the tech to maybe like google glass and they can't not yet or in the near future it ain't gonna be viable. People keep trying to escape real life instead of trying to make it better. Sad man...
    1. qumahlin's Avatar
      qumahlin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Feanor64 View Post
      Are u kidding me? Do you actually think people are going to wear that? That was tried decades ago. Can u even imagine the neck pain? Unless they could somehow advance the tech to maybe like google glass and they can't not yet or in the near future it ain't gonna be viable. People keep trying to escape real life instead of trying to make it better. Sad man...
      As someone who owns a Rift dev kit, you have no idea what you're talking about, i'm mostly curious about the neck pain i'm supposed to have. It's not meant to be like google glass, you have to be immersed, and your escaping life comments just make you seem to be the really sad one. I also am old enough to have tried VR back in the days when it was in arcades and places like Dave and Busters. Occulus Rift is light years ahead, once the retain edition comes out it will be stunning, even though the dev kit is low res you are in awe once you feel the immersion and want to reach out to touch the things you see.