While the media and consumers are clamouring about the Apple iPad and how quickly you can get your hands on one, it appears Mac may have a major cleantech announcement coming in the near future.
It seems as though Steve Jobs and company are trying to develop solar chargers for mobile devices such as the iPod, iBook, iPhone, and the brand new iPad. Recently, Apple submitted a patent application for a new system to control solar cells on a portable device.
In its patent application, Macintosh proposes to place layers of solar cells underneath the display screen. This means In products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, a majority of the device could be covered with solar cells, and thus capable of generating a decent amount of electricity. Sound exciting?
Before you run out the door hailing Apple technology as an innovative deity, it is important to consider that even with the most efficient solar cells, the devices will not be able to powered by solar energy alone. Nevertheless, the ability to charge your iPhone, iPod, or iPad by simply stepping out into the sun is an excellent feature, which is both chique and practical.
Read the full story at The Atlantic Business Channel: Will a Solar-Powered iPhone Have its Day in the Sun?
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