Apple Evaluating Solar Cell Vendors
According to Digitimes
, Apple and Samsung are actively "evaluating" companies and in some cases even entering discussions with them about the use of their solar cell technologies in future products.
Apple has expressed interest in implementing solar cell technology into their consumer products before, a 2008 patent application
even lays out a way to imbed the solar cells beneath a mobile devices screen. Even more recent was a patent that showed
solar cells built into the surface of an iPod or other device and integrating a power management system to help compensate for changes in light.
It only seems natural that both of these companies would be researching the possibility, and even entering into discussions with solar cell companies, about purchasing their technology. The mobile tech world is one that lives and dies on batteries, and if solar cell technology can extend the life of my iPhone or iPad even a little bit, it'll be worth it.