Bigger screens, brighter colors, faster processors and more data storage; all these things are among the constant demands of new smartphones these days. Mobile devices are continually evolving to provide power in the palm of your hand that might make a mid-20th century computer geek’s head explode.
One concern though is that the capabilities of battery life is on the verge of falling greatly behind that of the devices the batteries power. And that’s exactly what rumors are swirling around the iPhone 5, detailed in an excerpt from a recent article on this very subject from Forbes.com…
“Since the first Li-ion batteries hit the market in 1991, the transistor count in the devices they power has increased a thousandfold in response to consumer demand for more features and higher performance. Li-ion batteries have eked out a mere 3X increase in their volumetric energy density in that same period, and battery manufacturers are having a harder and harder time squeezing more energy into them.”
Has the lithium-ion battery technology hit a wall? We’d say most definitely NOT! Li-ion batteries are still the best option around for powering things such as cameras, laptops, and really just about anything else that does not go through as much processing power and non-stop use as a mobile phone. What the mobile phone market presents is the next challenge for a breakthrough in technology. The very kind of thing that nobody would ever put past Apple to be behind.
Still, this could be an interesting development to follow. Especially since the iPhone uses an internal battery that cannot be swapped out for a fully charged unit like many other phones can do to offset poor battery life.
To read the full article on this topic from Forbes.com, head here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/07/18/apple-what-lithium-ion-battery-limits-could-mean-for-iphone-5/