News, apple, iphone, mobile devices, News, samsung, smartmoviemaking, smartphones, solar panels, Solar Power, Technology — July 27, 2011 13:09 — 2 Comments
Apple look at solar power to charge iPhones
In future not only will you be able to reach for the sky artistically with your brand spanking new iPhone to capture that ace scene on your camera – you will also be able to charge your device via solar energy.
Apple intelligence website 9to5mac.com, who are usually on the money with inside news from Cupertino HQ, are reporting that Apple, and other companies including Samsung, is currently evaluating the use of solar panels for future products.
Even more exciting, gushed the geeks, is that Apple is reportedly considering the “inclusion of
This means that Apple is not only “evaluating” if they will make products with solar panels, but is already thinking about who will make the panels.
French company Wypsis is one of the companies producing solar panels for mobile devices. Its president Ludovic Deblois tells us what to expect: “The technology will fully charge a typical cell phone battery in 6 hours of outdoor light, but it would take longer indoors to fully juice a handset. With the
The only dark cloud in this latest development is the miniature solar panels need more development before they can actually be deployed in the devices.
From as early as 2009 Apple has shown interest in the solar panel technology when it filed a patent in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for mobile products that can be powered by solar panels.
Apple was not specific, in this patent, about which mobile devices – but hinted at anything from one of their notebooks to an iPod or iPhone, claims 9to5mac.com.
The site also quotes a report from the
Although this “new way of charging” is likely related to some sort of inductive charging system, as previously discussed, it is still interesting to see that Apple is exploring multiple ways to charge their devices.
All very well, but will the solar panels work while filming on the iPhone during a wet afternoon in Croydon?
We’ll soon see, but if not you can always plug your iphone into a bus shelter – providing it hasn’t been vandalised!