A Solar-Powered iPhone?

A new patent filing suggests that Apple may be investigating making a solar-powered iPhone. It won't be the first company to try and integrate solar power capabilities into a phone: Motorola has looked at making a solar-powered phone for the past several years. But such a phone is yet to hit the market.

A new patent filing suggests that Apple may be investigating making a solar-powered iPhone. It won’t be the first company to try and integrate solar capabilities into a phone: Motorola has looked at making a solar-powered phone for the past several years. But such a phone is yet to hit the market.

With energy prices skyrocketing and people becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, perhaps now is a good time to rectify that. Besides, every phone could use a longer battery life.

Apple’s patent suggests integrating a layer of solar cells underneath a device’s liquid crystal display. The patent may apply to iPods, iPhones or MacBooks.

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