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01-21-2010, 04:23 PM #1
Is Apple Moving Forward with iPhone Solar Panels?
There has been talk for some time that, in the wake of Apple's stated goal of "going green," radical changes could soon be made with regard to how some of Apple's most popular products are produced. Among such potential ideas broached is the possibility of embedding future generations of the iPhone and iPod Touch with solar panels.
It's a plausible scenario (down the road, at least) for Apple's popular mobile devices, but hopes may be way ahead of the actual reality of solar panels finding a home on the iPhone or iPod. Today in the Baltimore Sun, however, hopes were given another opportunity to graze freely like cattle in an open pasture.
One of the latest patent applications from Apple delves deeper into the company's experimentation with integrating solar power cells with their portable devices, including the iPod and iPhone models. The patent -- titled "power management circuitry and solar cells" -- describes a system for a portable device use of solar power to either power the device fully, or assist in providing energy to a battery.
The patent appears to be an advancement of a previous patent that Apple filed in 2008, which was unearthed by MacRumors and which described how the solar panels would be configured on portable devices. What's interesting about this patent is how Apple is integrating "boost" circuitry within the devices so that it can work together with the solar cells to generate power, even when power is already low or nonexistent or if some of the solar cells are obstructed.
Image via Solar Enviro Hub
01-21-2010, 04:25 PM #2
that would be awesome
01-21-2010, 04:25 PM #3
that would b nice at times
and if it looks nice ill take it
01-21-2010, 04:41 PM #4
01-21-2010, 04:46 PM #5
If it wasn't terribly delicate and expensive, I'd use it for sure.
01-21-2010, 05:23 PM #6
Lol then they could be the first company to brag infinite battery life on an iPod shuffle or maybe even the nano.
01-21-2010, 05:30 PM #7
Is Apple sure that Nokia hasn't patented this yet????????????????
I would hate to see apple get sued for "using the sun to create energy" "converting light into electricity" "making something good that will sell" lol i'm sure Nokia has all of the fore mentioned statements patented. LOLWhen the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
01-21-2010, 05:39 PM #8
That wouldnt make sense. Don;t you all remember the temperature warnings on the iphone? WOuld exposing your i-device to extreme heat/sun be wise? I think not. I can understand solar chargers, but not solar panels on the actual phone. The time it would take to get a significant charge on an iPhone or iPod touch from solar panels(which would be extremely small) would most likely damage the phone from heat exposure. Just my thought...
01-21-2010, 05:48 PM #9
BTW: I agree with you Melech ^__^When the police want to know where someone is, they ask apple.
01-21-2010, 06:22 PM #10
Not if it charges wherever there is light. Check out the Samsung Blue Earth.
Samsung Blue Earth (unlocked) Smartphone reviews - CNET Reviews"To unpathed waters, undreamed shores." -- William Shakespeare
01-21-2010, 06:46 PM #11
01-21-2010, 07:16 PM #12
I friend of mine has a solar sleeve for his iPhone it's actually pretty useful. 50 euros on eBay
01-21-2010, 07:46 PM #13
Great idea, but I hope it does not require solar power to run the devices.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
01-21-2010, 07:54 PM #14
01-21-2010, 09:41 PM #15
It wouldn't go over well here in clouds-burgh.....lol
01-21-2010, 09:48 PM #16
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01-21-2010, 11:56 PM #18
Good idea but a solar panel on the iPhone just wouldn't be big enough to catch the suns rays efficiently. If it was on the back, you wouldn't be able to use your phone.
01-22-2010, 12:14 AM #19
hmmmm.....where have i heard this before?
01-05-2010, 04:41 PM
Ekotribe Touts Solar Powered iPod Charger
Posted By rhekt
apple needs to integrate a solar cell into the...
apple needs to integrate a solar cell into the screen of the iphone. just like how a calculator has. not very difficult.
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01-22-2010, 10:00 AM #20
Funny Chuck noris !!!!!!Egyptian Dude