Apple Thinking of Internal Fans For iPhone and iPad

Discussion in 'Apple iPad News' started by Maura, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Maura
    Offline

    Maura iPadForums News Team

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2010
    Messages:
    2,514
    Thanks Received:
    102
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    UK
    Ratings:
    +108 / 0
    [​IMG]


    AppleInsider writes today that it has discovered a patent filing from Apple that shows that the company has been thinking about the possibility of putting mechanical fans in iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, with a view to cooling down the heat from the ever more powerful processors inside the devices. The fan that Apple has devised, according to the patent, is titled “Cooling system for mobile electronic devices,†and reveals a motor being used to power a fan and an alert device. The diagrams show, among other things, how the motor is used to drive a fan to dispel the heat inside the device by “exchanging air between an inner cavity of the mobile computing device and an outer environment.†The alert device inside the phone or iPad is in turn driven by a clutch and drum mechanic, which enables the same motor to drive the device. No clue as to whether or not Apple intends to actually manufacture this, but for now it makes interesting reading.


    Source: Future Apple iPhones, iPads may have internal fans
  2. s2mikey
    Offline

    s2mikey iPad Addict

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2011
    Messages:
    1,414
    Thanks Received:
    136
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Upstate, NY
    Ratings:
    +144 / 0
    Interesting. That means that the iPad would have its first moving part so to speak. Not sure how that would work though. Couldn't it get noisy after a while? Will you feel the vibrations? What kind of weight would that add? Very curious how this turns out!
  3. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    20,556
    Thanks Received:
    2,429
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,863 / 1
    I'd be interested in the life of the fan motor. Once the motor failed, the device would overheat.
  4. scifan57
    Offline

    scifan57 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2011
    Messages:
    20,556
    Thanks Received:
    2,429
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Regina,Canada
    Ratings:
    +2,863 / 1
    The iPhone, though, already contains a moving part, the vibrator.
    • Like Like x 1
  5. Zeke1
    Offline

    Zeke1 iPF Novice

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Thanks Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    United States, Virginia
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0
    That's true, I hadn't thought about that. I kinda wish they could have vibration though, would be nice for when my iPad is on silent :)
  6. AdmiralAdama
    Offline

    AdmiralAdama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2011
    Messages:
    9,536
    Thanks Received:
    595
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Near the Ionian Nebula, still searching for Earth
    Ratings:
    +603 / 0
    I like to remain rigged for silent running. Just say no to cavitation.

    AA

    Sent from my iPad using iPF
  7. iJamesH
    Offline

    iJamesH iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2012
    Messages:
    900
    Thanks Received:
    109
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Ratings:
    +114 / 0
    Man the wheels in my head are spinning big time :D
  8. thewitt
    Offline

    thewitt iPad Ninja

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2011
    Messages:
    1,632
    Thanks Received:
    71
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +73 / 0
    Apple has many hundreds of patents that they have never used in any devices.

    Don't count on seeing any fans soon. The heat buildup in current models isn't remotely interesting.
  9. AQ_OC
    Offline

    AQ_OC Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2011
    Messages:
    6,411
    Thanks Received:
    430
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SC
    Ratings:
    +430 / 0
    You are probably right...but...i bet the reason they are looking at this is because down the road this might become necessary....given the passive cooling with retina devices with powerful processors running graphic intensive games and people wanting to use high screen brightness...it makes sense to have a plan if the technology can't be improved quickly enough to render it unnecessary.
  10. AdmiralAdama
    Offline

    AdmiralAdama Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2011
    Messages:
    9,536
    Thanks Received:
    595
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Near the Ionian Nebula, still searching for Earth
    Ratings:
    +603 / 0
    Apple has many fans already. I was in an Apple store this weekend and it was packed with fans paying money for Apple products.

    Just sayin. ;)

    AA

    Sent from my iPhone using iPF

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

ipad internal fan

,
iphone internal fan