The company has reportedly filed a patent application published by US Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, for a “Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.” According to the application, it is an internal power system that would make the device run for “days or even weeks without refueling.”
Though Apple was unavailable for comment, it is public knowledge it wasn’t their first patent application. First reported by 9to5Mac, the application from last week is Apple’s second attempt since the first application in 2011. The company hopes to create a power source using fuel cells that would be designed into electronics without adding extra weight.
Though similar designs have been explored in the past, none of those plans have truly materialized. Fuel cells have mostly been used as portable charging sources but Apple aims to create fuel cells in-built within the device itself. The technology has gained importance in the recent past mainly because not only is it a reliable and convenient battery replacement but also because it’s a potential alternative to traditional fossil fuels, like oil and gas. If achieved, this would be a major breakthrough in the tech world.