Report: Apple Developing Custom Batteries for Launch in 2025

Apple is developing custom batteries with significantly improved performance that it aims to bring to its devices starting in 2025, ETNews reports.

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Apple's custom battery technology has reportedly been in the works since 2018, with the company actively seeking patents and hiring new personnel related to the project. The company is reportedly seeking to create an "all-new" kind of battery with significantly improved performance by becoming directly involved in its use of materials.

Apple is apparently curating the battery's cathode materials to determine its performance, energy density, output, and stability. The battery apparently uses a completely different composition from those that currently exist on the market, adopting a new composition of nickel, cobalt, manganese, and aluminum.

The company is considering the use of carbon nanotubes to improve the conductivity of battery materials, delivering better performance from lesser-used battery materials. Apple is also looking to increase its battery's silicon content, replacing graphite to increase capacity, and shorten charging and discharging times.

The result is expected to be an innovative battery type that has not yet been commercialized. A source familiar with Apple's plans suggested to ETNews that the Vision Pro headset has dramatically increased the company's need for high-performance batteries. The headset features just two hours of battery life. Other devices such as the Apple Watch and iPad have been left with the same "all-day" battery life since their introduction.

Apple's custom battery project was reportedly co-developed with the company's electric vehicle project, but the mobile applications are now the main target for the technology. It is expected to begin being added to Apple devices starting in 2025.

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Top Rated Comments

hieranonymous Avatar
7 months ago
Battery tech has been stalled for nearly thirty years now. We’ve been hearing about promising new developments without any follow-through for much of that time. If Apple actually does manage to bring a genuine breakthrough to market, it will be a big deal. Batteries have become the biggest bottleneck in portable tech. Semiconductor and display tech during that same time have made massive leaps in performance and efficiency.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SpringKid Avatar
7 months ago
Regardless of what kind of news is posted here on Macrumors, nowadays it’s always followed by comments full of negativity and complaints about all things Apple, instead of something actually related to the topic.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Thisismattwade Avatar
7 months ago
Good, the more companies we have investing in better batteries the better for our future!

(I just hope it doesn't turn into a subscription service at some point...)
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spock Avatar
7 months ago
Apple should invest in extension cords for unlimited power, wireless is just a fad.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rp2011 Avatar
7 months ago
And this is where Apple, especially with iPhone has lifted all boats. With its economy of scale it has brought new technologies to market and the masses by sheer force of volume. Once these technologies and scale are out in the wild, others can dip into the supply chain without having to reinvent every part of it.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Smolda Avatar
7 months ago
Can't wait for a battery pro and ultra for a little extra $$$
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