“On December 22, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple that reveal greater detailing of their next generation Fuel Cell project,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The new fuel cells will one day power both iOS and OS X portable devices like the iPhone and MacBook for days, if not weeks at a time,” Purcher reports. “In October we covered Apple’s first patent on fuel cell technology in respect to fuel cell plates. Today’s patents provide us with greater detail of their fuel cell technology project that even considers implementing MagSafe as a key connector for fuel cell recharging between an iOS device like the iPhone and a MacBook.”

Purcher reports, “The race is on to bring next generation fuel cell technology to future portable devices and it appears that Apple may be on the verge of a major breakthrough on this front. “

Much more in the full article, including Apple’s patent app illustrations, here.