Batteries are perhaps the most important components of the electric world we are heading towards. But despite the research going into developing new battery standards, lithium-ion has always proven to be the most viable option, even after decades. However, all this could soon change as Apple is reportedly working on a new battery technology, which could reshape the industry as early as 2025.
While reports about Apple’s looking to make its own batteries have been circulating for some time, especially in relation to the Apple car, recent information from the Korean site ETnews suggests that Apple aims to revolutionize mobile battery technology by changing key raw materials and creating a battery that surpasses existing ones significantly in terms of energy density, output, and stability.
How will this be possible?
To develop the new standard, Apple is primarily focusing on the anode and cathode materials, which play a pivotal role in determining battery performance. Additionally, the company is investing substantial resources in researching new combinations and modifications of regular materials, including nickel, cobalt, manganese, and aluminium, as well as the potential integration of carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
While the exact details of the material combinations Apple plans to use for its batteries remain unclear, the company does intend to use silicon on the battery anode instead of the industry-standard graphite. This switch alone has led to a big increase in battery capacity and faster charging times. However, it is important to note that silicon’s tendency to expand under heat has proven to be a challenge for Apple.
What is the endgame?
The demand for lithium-ion batteries has surged in recent years thanks to the ongoing electric revolution. However, the technology, initially introduced in 1976, is now struggling to meet the requirements of users who expect their cars and devices to last longer. As a result, if Apple succeeds, the implications could be massive for the entire electronics industry, as battery-powered devices like iPhones will not only last longer but also support faster charging times.