iPhone Going Solar?

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  1. sunnyboi14

    sunnyboi14 Member

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    This Patent, released by apple, shows that they could be creating solar powered iPhones very soon. Could the 2nd Gen iPhone be solar? Maybe that Photos icon could be telling us something??

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    -Taken Straight From MacRumors-
    A recently published patent application discovered by MacRumors reveals that Apple is investigating the use of solar power in versions of their mobile devices -- both handheld devices and portable computers. Integrating solar power into a mobile device holds the enormous potential of extending battery life significantly. However, successfully integrating solar panels into these small devices is not without its challenges.

    The major issues described are the limited area available to solar panels, durability, and the "wasting" of space on a portable device. It is due to these problems that solar power has not found its way into mobile devices, not just from Apple, but from all manufacturers.
    The most interesting technique described by Apple, however, is the integration of the solar panels behind the actual LCD screen of a portable device. The solar panel would absorb ambient light that passes through the LCD screen of the device. This could eliminate any additional footprint typically required by the solar panels. If successfully implemented, Apple's iPhone, iPod and laptops, could require no outward changes in design to add solar power.

    Apple's not the only one exploring this technology as an old (2001) Motorola patent describes the same technique. While several limitations to the technique were described at that time, the issues may have been better addressed in recent years.

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    I've got to say it would be an awesome idea.
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    Cloudy out = no iPhone lmao
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    Im sure they would have a backup power cord so you could charge when it was dark. Also for syncing.
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    It would still have a battery, so it would only use the solar power when the sun is out.
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    No, Apple places patents on things years before they actually use them.

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    or the solar cells could CHARGE the battery :]
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    Might actually have to agree with you on that one, but who knows?
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    this tech wont be implemented ANY time soon. companies always file patents years before they act upond them.
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    cool

    this would be really cool becuase it would make other rival companies, such as Microsoft, to produce more products with solar energy making the Earth a better place..... not trying to sound too much like a hippy though.;

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