Gallery: Apple Files Patent Application for Solar-Powered iPhone


Apple’s iPhones and iPads could someday self-charge with the use of integrated solar cells. The company has filed a patent application titled “Integrated touch sensor and solar assembly,” which envisions devices that would simultaneously capture and convert light into energy—as well as detect touch—with solar cells built directly into the smartphone’s screen.

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  1. khurutz March 3, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Apple is always a step ahead

  2. boerbreektklomp February 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Ever left a black iPhone 30 minutes exposed to summersun? I did. It got so hot it overheated en automatically shut down. I was lucky to get to re boot after cooling down for an hour or two. I expected the inside electronics had melted. I feel another patent coming ….

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