We could see lighter and smaller MacBooks than the current one's. According to a report by AppleInsider, Apple is planning to make the MacBooks lighter by switching to fuel-powered cell. Two of Apple's patent applications which were published by U.S Patent and Trademark Office raised this prospect. The patents were entitled "Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device" and "Fuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Device."
Citizens and coastlines have suffered hazards of offshore drilling and Apple has pointed out that there needs to be a change.
“Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling,” the filings state. “These problems have led to an increasing awareness and desire on the part of consumers to promote and use renewable energy sources.”
If Apple does manage to make this work, the Macbook's life would be extended from days to weeks. The fuel cell is going to run on hydrogen rather than fuel and is going to work with an existing power source which will be inside the computer. Apple has addressed the cause in their first patent stating the current method is a dangerous one.
"Hydrogen fuel cells have a number of advantages. Such fuel cells and associated fuels can potentially achieve high volumetric and gravimetric energy densities, which can potentially enable continued operation of portable electronic devices for days or even weeks without refueling. However, it is extremely challenging to design hydrogen fuel cell systems which are sufficiently portable and cost-effective to be used with portable electronic devices."Stay tuned to stay updated about Apple's latest battery plans for Macbooks. It will be hard for them to to implement such a difficult and complicated manner in a cost effective manner. Do you people see this happening? Let us know your thoughts!