Apple iPhone 5 to add solar-powered green credentials?

New patent hints towards solar-powered iPhone

Solar tech to boost iPhone battery

Keen to build on its green credentials Apple has filed a patent for a new form of solar-powered charging system that it hopes will be adopted by iPhones, iPads and MacBooks in the near future.

Although a number of solar-influenced battery-enhancing handsets are already doing the rounds, Apple’s ability to lead trends could see a fleet of solar-powered devices released if the upcoming iPhone 5 or future Apple handset were to be released with the company’s newly patented charging system.

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The patent, which details ways of recharging the rechargeable batteries found in portable phones, laptops and tablets, features a new power control circuit situated between the sun sapping solar cell and the device’s battery that ensures a steady release of the absorbed power.

With the battery on Apple’s market leading iPhone devices constantly under criticism, many users would no doubt value the inclusion of a mother-nature inspired power boost. The patent, which Apple has yet to comment on, comes after it was revealed the upcoming redesign of the company’s Cupertino-based headquaters would be carbon neutral through the sole use of environmentally friendly, renewable and recycled materials.

Via: TechRadar