With the proposed retina display and a faster processor, iPhone 5 will have to deal with a lot of battery issues. Even the first beta of iOS 5 had some battery leak issues which were supposed to be cleaned up in the second beta. With the ever increasing demand for long-lasting battery life, it is time Apple thought out of the box and come up with an alternative to the lithium ion batteries. Some reports suggest that Apple has done just that and they are planning to use fuel cells instead of the li-on batteries.
A thicker iPhone 5 won’t work
Although a simple solution would have been to insert bigger lithium ion battery in the iPhone 5. But this meant that Apple will have to compromise with the design of the iPhone 5. If we are to look at the trend, all the iPhone’s that we have seen so far are thinner than their predecessors. If Apple goes with the current trend we can expect the iPhone 5 to be even thinner than the iPhone 4S. A thicker battery does not fit in Apple’s scheme to keep the iPhone 5 slender.
The processor technology has improved a lot and the new age processors eat minimal battery. The iPhone 5 might come with the A6 processor, which will be a quad core processor. A quad core processor does not necessarily mean more battery requirements but still it will require some real battery juice to keep it powered for long.
Fuel cell to power the iPhone 5
All the above stated problems can be solved if Apple were to adopt fuel cell technology. And according to IBTimes, Apple might be looking to implement fuel cell technology in their upcoming devices. A fuel cell can store massive amounts of battery life and is capable of powering your smart phone not just for days but even weeks. It is obvious that the gains over lithium ion batteries are huge and even if we don’t see fuel cell powered batteries in the iPhone 5, Apple will certainly be looking forward to make fuel cell-based devices in the year 2013.