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Friday, 14 January 2011 10:12

Apple looks to Sun to run its toys

Written by Nick Farell

Solar Power could be the way forward
Job's Mob is looking at methods to extend the battery life of the toys he makes by strapping solar cells on them. According to a patent, Apple is looking at solar power as a  secondary power source for its mobile devices.

The application, which describes an auxiliary solar cell that interfaces with a device's battery. It includes a "battery charging manager" that can handle power from a "plurality of power sources including a solar power source."

The filing said that the patent is for "a solar power package for use with an electronic device, the package comprising: at least one solar cell operable to derive solar power from solar energy; and a power charger operable to provide the derived solar power to the portable electronic device, wherein the derived solar power is provided in a plug-and-play fashion when the portable electronic device is coupled to the package, and wherein the power charge is operative to adjust the amount of power provided to the portable electronic device based on attributes of the portable electronic device."

It is a good idea for technology, the only problem is the placement of the solar cells in a way that does not stuff up the rest of the gizmo.

Nick Farell

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-3 #1 East17 2011-01-15 01:16
Steve's a genius!

I appreciate Apple's products but never got around the high price while PC was offering the same functionality at a lower price.

But this would make me buy the "grey side" (dark side is Intel :) )

The moment Apple makes a TabletPC or an iPhone with solar panels, I'll buy it.
+2 #2 Fud_u 2011-01-15 05:05
I thought Apple never care for "outsider" code. I guess they realize they need help at this stage.
+3 #3 Scorsese 2011-01-15 09:59
Old news. Samsung already launched in 2009 the Samsung Blue Earth phone that charges itself via solar energy then a month or two later LG launched a similar phone, so don't praise the "lord" Steve just yet, cuz this is not his ideea.
+4 #4 kartikkg 2011-01-16 21:06
Mini Calculators and some watches have these solar cells since long long time :)

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