Originally Posted by solipsism
1) Even with the Ag battery tech, would that preclude the need or desire to have a removable battery in a fullsized pro notebook?
For me it wouldn't be a problem. I only have one battery now. The suitability for such a battery arraingement is really up to the individual.
Even if if were 12 hours or 24 hours I'd still carry a spare (price not withstanding) as some of my travels make finding an outlet difficult.
So what do you do now, carry 4 or 5 batteries around to get that operational time? I'm not sure you really have a good arguement here. Even if you only carry two batteries you would still have to charge them.
Which highlights your need for a portable recharging method.
2) Is their evidence that Ag betteries should not be user replacable? I have read nothing on the tech that would suggest that the battery should not or could be used like current Li batteries.
If you believe all that ZPower has to say they would be safer. There may be other advantages with built in that we don't know about, but right now it could be an Apple thing.
Interesting is statements made in ZPowers press release that the batteries would go into laptops with chargers that support dual chemisteries. This would seem to indicate removalable batteries to me.
3) Assuming #2 is not true, can we expect the 15" MBP, Apple's 2nx most popular notebook and most popular Pro machine, to get this new tech, as well?
That is a very good question to which I can say - I don't know. Not very helpful but it will depend on many things such as the shape of the battery and the production ramp. Remember this is completely new tech and that can mean ramp glitches, Apple will not want to expose it's bread and butter machine to the tech until things are ramping smoothly and they are getting good field results. So I'd be surprised to see something in the 15" model in the first half of the year.
Of course if things go well that might not be the case. You also have the issue of weight and volume. I have read for detail yet but the batteries make much better use of their weight. That is a good thing, the bad thing is that I have found info on volume. If the battery is substantially bigger it won't provide much of an advantage in the 15" battery case. ZPowers reference to dual chemistery batter chargers does leave the question open.
I just hope there is truth here because it would be nice to see Apple go out with a bang at MWSF. This would be a significant change in the marketplace even if many don't get excited about batteries. People should though as this sort of tech can enable some pretty neat devices. Just imagine a tablet, iPhone or a netbook with these batteries. They have the potential of being both lighter and longer lasting.