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KINETIC CHARGING

How much does your cell phone move every day? If it’s in your pocket or bag as you jostle around on the morning commute and dash up the stairs to make your afternoon meeting, chances are it gets quite a bit of action. Well, new tech has got cell phone companies playing around with the idea that that kinetic energy could be used to power your cell phone – something we’d love to see incorporated into iPhone 5 or 6. And if just moving around isn’t enough, there are even people developing tech that allows you to charge your phone by yelling at it. It may sound crazy but early iPhone 5 adopters might be assuaged if they can turn their frustrations about bugs into more talk time…

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LESS PACKAGING

According to Apple’s environmental report, “the packaging for iPhone 4 is almost entirely recyclable, and its retail box is made primarily from bio-based materials, including fiberboard containing 90 percent postconsumer recycled content.” We’re glad that Apple has been working on the sustainability of its packaging, but there’s always room for improvement. iPhone 4 U.S. retail packaging was 14 percent lighter and consumed 14 percent less volume than the previous generation, so we hope iPhone 5 can up that ante even more.

Want to know what other eco-innovations could possibly be incorporated into the iPhone 5? Click through our gallery to take a peek…

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