iPad Rumors Swell After Apple Commissions New Battery Design
How could the week be complete without an Apple rumor or two? This time the latest buzz is around a new lighter and smaller battery Apple has commissioned from its manufacturers. Why? It could be for the iPad 3, which may have some interesting improvements. All the fun speculation is here, just read on …
First off, a tip of the hat goes to AppleInsider.com, which nabbed the story from Taiwan Economic News. According to the report, Simply Technology and Dynapack International Technology will be building Apple’s next-gen batteries, which may also find a home inside new MacBooks. Their task will be to shrink battery technology to make them thinner, lighter and longer-lasting. Such innovation comes at a price: according to the report, Apple allegedly will have to pay 20 percent to 30 percent more for the batteries.
So what will be inside a new iPad 3 if they do indeed contain these newer lighter and thinner batteries? Potentially, there could be more space inside an iPad 2-sized shell for a high-resolution retina display, which may be thicker than traditional LCD displays. There also could be more space to put additional batteries, possibly offering a longer-lasting iPad. Or maybe more internal components, such as an upgraded CPU or storage chips. The A5 CPU is twice the size of the A4 CPU, so space could be a concern if the A6 CPU follows suit. Conversely, Apple may not be looking to find more space in the iPad 2 shell — the company actually might be looking to shrink the entire device yet again, offering an even slimmer iPad.
If these batteries end up in MacBooks, it’s likely they’ll end up in the MacBook Air line of products. It’s entirely possible Apple is happy with the form factor of the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Airs but is looking for ways to give them more juice. Lighter and thinner batters means Apple potentially can increase the density of cells inside the thinnest machines, thus offering MacBook Airs with a battery life of 10 hours or longer.
It’s all speculation, and too soon to tell, but Apple has a serious vendetta against thick hardware. Be on the lookout in October 2011 for the much-rumored iPhone 5, which is also set to be thinner than its predecessor.