Earlier today we told how Apple’s operating system, iOS 4.3, had been released in beta form to developers and then spoke of what new features and additions that could mean for the next iPhone, the iPhone 5.
Now we have heard further news of another possible addition to an iPhone 5 from Desire Athos over on ITProPortal. It appears that Apple has been granted a patent which in future could enable Apple portable devices to use solar power. This would not replace existing batteries though, but would act as a supplement.
Whether this would come as early as the iPhone 5, thought to be due in the first half of this year, is not yet confirmed but it would of course be a possibility. A solar-powered device would work by way of a voltage converter that would charge the onboard battery from the sun and could be implemented via a back cover while the phone was on a flat surface or docking station. It would also be able to be used via ambient light and not necessarily direct sunlight.
Chloe Albanesius over on PCMag has also looked into the Apple patent for solar-powered devices and notes that the patent application reads, “As demands for the power of the handheld computing devices increase, it becomes more important to provide stable power to the devices.” This is certainly an interesting addition to the Apple stable and may have come too late for the iPhone 5 or iPad 2 but of course it’s too soon to say.
What do you think of the possibility of having a solar-powered iPhone 5? We’d be interested to hear from you so please do send in your comments.
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