If there's one good thing that can be said about 9.6 million recalled batteries, it is that it has inspired the companies behind them to built a better one. As part of Sony's
replacement plan, Matsushita is now working on the development of a new type of Li-ion battery, one that is pre-IEEE standard
. Free from the overheating and other defects of other models (so they say), the new batteries will likely cost more to produce, and thus ultimately cost the consumer more:
Notably, the company asserted that while actual pricing would depend on the quantity ordered, it would be "higher than existing models" regardless -- which makes sense considering all the loot Sony is losing from this fiasco.
Of course, Sony is eating the cost for anyone who had to get a battery replaced in their existing products. What other changes will a redesigned battery bring? Sadly, probably not much – the standard the IEEE is pushing is soley intended to make batteries safer, not longer lasting. Then again, not having to worry about a battery bursting into flames is a pretty good thing.