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    Apple has filed a patent for a method of placing photovoltaic cells underneath an LCD touch screen, which would give them a great opportunity to maximize that 3.5 inch screen on the iPhone.

    According to the filing, the solar power info could be displayed either on the solar cells themselves, or on the device itself near the rest of the stats such as battery power, message alerts, etc.

    Solar powered phones could change that constant need to find a plug, USB cable, or extra battery, and instead give way to people all requesting window offices. Smoke breaks replaced by charging breaks. Sucks for those of you who live in depressingly grey cities like my hometown of Seattle.

    Forbes (thanks, arash)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Solar Powered iPhone started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. iancdp's Avatar
      iancdp -
      Now thats worth wasting money for
    1. Aiyo's Avatar
      Aiyo -
      whoa thats awesome! Hello longer battery life.
    1. alerx7's Avatar
      alerx7 -
      That Ill Be An Extra 300 Buck Apple Will Charge U For Beside The Phone
    1. Reako's Avatar
      Reako -
      Oh wow. That's gonna be intense.

      Reako
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      This. Is. Absolutely. Pointless.

      Seriously, how long do you have to put this out in the sun to power a battery eating monster of a jailbroken iPhone?
    1. Dust Busta's Avatar
      Dust Busta -
      Hopefully once this comes out I wont have to charge my phone every night.


      Too bad my phones hardly ever in light.
    1. iamilya77's Avatar
      iamilya77 -
      Awesome.....

      i posted this in the chit chat place yesterday
    1. sn0ws's Avatar
      sn0ws -
      thats sweet I could see this being really handy in some situations and shouldn't be dubbed as pointless just because it wouldn't fit into your life right now... I could see this being great for backpacking/camping situations. I would def. spring the extra for the ability to take my iPhone on a backpacking trip to Isle Royal and know that I wouldn't have to leave it off until an emergency situation.

      just my two cents!
    1. m3thodandr3d's Avatar
      m3thodandr3d -
      LOL. Now I'm gonna have to walk down the street holding my iPhone instead of leaving it in my pocket. Isn't it something like, 1 hour of sunlight is 25 minutes of talk time? I don't see that being very benificial for me to have my iPhone in the scorching heat in direct sunlight for an hour....it'll probably melt the LCD or something.
    1. DarkoNova's Avatar
      DarkoNova -
      Quote Originally Posted by m3thodandr3d View Post
      LOL. Now I'm gonna have to walk down the street holding my iPhone instead of leaving it in my pocket. Isn't it something like, 1 hour of sunlight is 25 minutes of talk time? I don't see that being very benificial for me to have my iPhone in the scorching heat in direct sunlight for an hour....it'll probably melt the LCD or something.
      Yeah, it's something like 20-30% of actual sunlight gets used as power. Solar energy is extremely inefficient, so even though this is a cool idea, I don't see it being that useful.

      Matt
    1. kys's Avatar
      kys -
      Just wondering if you'll be able to see the screen in the sunlight?
    1. mbrooksr's Avatar
      mbrooksr -
      theyre not saying that the solar panel would be used as a primary energy souce.

      but id love to have my iphone run for a while longer without charging.
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      actually if they are using the new nanosolar technology which is amazingly efficient, it may indeed be practical Nanosolar - The Third Wave of Solar Power
    1. mwr_allen's Avatar
      mwr_allen -
      This is amazing, up until the iPhone was released the typical mobile phone was very slow in making new breakthroughs but in a just the short time of the iPhone look at whats been acheived.

      Great thanks to all you modders for all your tireless work.

      I cant wait to see whats next.
    1. boby17's Avatar
      boby17 -
      That's sucks for the people in England.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      on the iphone, ipod touch, or rumored tablet.... this would be sweet.
    1. markland556's Avatar
      markland556 -
      Well i also live around Seattle, so this feature would be cool about 4 months out of the year and on vacations... HAHA
    1. cates044's Avatar
      cates044 -
      Quote Originally Posted by markland556 View Post
      Well i also live around Seattle, so this feature would be cool about 4 months out of the year and on vacations... HAHA
      Haha thats what I was thinking. This would be pretty much pointless in Portland.
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      People seem to misunderstand the uses for this think of if your phone was close to death and you needed to call someone you could walk outside and get maybe a little battery left. Or they could have a backup battery that charges itself over time. There is a guy in New Mexico I believe or it might be Mexico that powers his whole house on solar energy his Generator can run his whole house for 2 weeks straight at a full charge. This is a very useful addition and can really help with people who need to use there phone and find that it is near death.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      The way I have kept this iPhone that won't last a week. I'v got a massive dent on the back case, loads of dents and scratches on the sides and worst of all the black cover at the back has snapped off. Hmmm........an excuse to buy the 3g iphone.