The iPhone 6 Could Feature Solar-Powered Sapphire Glass Display [Rumor]

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If Apple sticks to pattern, the iPhone 6 will be unveiled in September this year, and it’ll be the first major redesign of the flagship smartphone since 2011. So what does Apple have in store for us this year?

Most rumors so far have focused on the possibility of a larger display size, but a new rumor suggests that there might be more that is new about the screen than that: not only might the iPhone 6 feature a sapphire glass display, but it could also charge just by being laid out in the sun.

According to a new rumor, the sapphire glass screen of the iPhone 6 will have solar-charging abilities, so that if you lay it in the sun, it’ll use photovoltaic sensors to juice up the battery.

That’s an interesting idea, and it’s true that Apple has a patent for an iPhone display with “integrated touch sensor and solar assembly.” If the rumor is true, it would mark a completely new type of device on the market, and perhaps end iPhone-owners charging woes forever.

Even so, there’s a lot of reason to be skeptical of any rumor, let alone this one. Apple posts warnings in every iPhone manual specifically saying not to leave the device out in the sun. Consider me skeptical that that will change anytime soon.

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  • Fraeset

    Is it only me, or does this seem more logical in a watch than in a phone?

  • lambaline

    Is it only me, or does this seem more logical in a watch than in a phone?

    It is quite logical in a watch… iWatch anyone?

  • mister_rabbit

    Nice idea, could be an interesting use for sure.

    2011 wasn’t a major redesign of the iPhone though, that was the year of the iPhone 4 to iPhone 4S transition. The iPhone 5 wasn’t introduced until September 2012.

  • DJBabyBuster

    Introducing a sapphire glass display seems totally feasible.
    But integrated solar charging isn’t coming any time soon. Efficiency yields are far too low for PV panels, and the iPhone is one power hungry device.

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