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Apple bets big on battery tech for new iPhones and iPads

by Jacob Kleinman | March 29, 2016March 29, 2016 7:40 am PST


Apple has been lagging behind the competition when it comes to battery life and features like fast charging, but the company is working to fix that. Cupertino appears to be on a hiring spree, with 67 current job listings related to battery technology.

Specifically, Apple is looking for material scientists specializing in electrodes and electrolytes. That suggests the company could try to develop an entirely new type of battery instead of sticking with lithium-ion technology. The listings also point to an interest in ceramic, which could mean faster charging and a less flammable design.

A better battery could have huge impacts on the iPhone, particularly as Apple tries to make its phones thinner nad thinner. It could also mean improved battery life for future versions of the Apple Watch, iPads and MacBooks. It might even factor into the rumored Apple Car.

In the short term, though, we’re just excited to hear that Apple is getting serious about improving its batteries.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...