Apple is ‘Evaluating’ Solar Panels to Power Our Future iDevices [Report]

Apple is ‘Evaluating’ Solar Panels to Power Our Future iDevices [Report] Rumor has it that Apple is already working on a new method of charging our iPhones for 2012, and many believe the company may introduce wireless magnetic charging using technology developed by WiTricity. But according to a report from DigiTimes, future iOS devices may absorb all the energy they need from the sun. Apple, along with Samsung, has been evaluating the possibility of having solar panels power our mobile devices, and what’s more, the company is even said to be considering the introduction of some Taiwan-based solar suppliers to its supply chain. However, it could be some time before we have solar-powered iPhones, according to DigiTimes, whose sources says it will take time for the technology to develop:

However, according to Taiwan-based solar firms, these niche markets will need a longer time to develop. Samsung’s solar-powered netbook adopts a unique sized solar cell, added industry sources, and the number of solar cells used is less than rooftop solar systems, hence it is unlikely for solar-powered consumer products to form a solid market in the short term.

Apple’s exploration into solar power is nothing new: back in June the company filed a patent for a solar-powered iPhone with invisible collection cells, and other patents have referenced this technology since way back in 2009. Do you think we’ll ever see a solar-powered iPhone?

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  • BrentMiller

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, GrabPenny.com

  • thumbmaster

    Reminds me of WALL-E.

  • LukealiciousX

    That’s amazing! I would so get a solar-powered iPhone!

  • Twitch1234

    Just got a Samsung laptop where the lid is one giant solar panel.
    Works nice and all – but the panel size is still not enough to run the laptop completely.
    But let it “simmer” in the sun for a while and the battry capasity is at least expanded quite a bit.

    I’ve got a Casio watch that has a solar cell under the glass. That device use so little electricity that it runs the watch with no problem.

    A cellphone with wifi and phone radios, and bigger screens with backlight will use more power. The solar cells will not replace the charger – but you have to carge it less often.
    On the other hand.. you can not keep the phone in your pocket all day – and just use a bluetooth headset.
    If you leave it in the dash in the car – the heat may shorten the lifespan of the phones electronics.
    Just see how extreme cold and heat treat your current iPhone.

    I think at first it will be a semi usefull gadget function. Later with improved technology.. maybe.
    The best solar cells are really expensive. We used those at the university. They are far superior to the once you can buy “dirt cheap” for your house.
    The price of solar cells for home and business installations have dropped so much that the manufacturers are loosing money. And it is still a fairly expensive option. At least they last for several decades.

    I would have loved to see an iPhone constructed of a moulded sandwich of battery plastic film and solar cell film. It is only the battery and (on phones with good cameras) camera lenses that limmit how thin you can make a phone.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

  • ChambersJo Smith

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Tag Cent.com

    ( I just want to share this with you guys! )

  • Solar panel installation

    Apple is
    ‘Evaluating’ Solar Panels to Power Our Future iDevices this is good technology of solar powered iphone. The power from solar panels is strong, reliable and easy to maintain.Thanks for sharing unique post……..

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