Apple granted solar-powered patent for portables

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of ten newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The notable that stands out amongst all is Apple’s first solar powered portable device patent,” Purcher reports. “The patent pertains to all portables from MacBooks to the iPhone. The patent presents methods of adding solar power into the power mix of portables via a voltage converter.”

Purcher reports, “This is Apple’s forth solar powered patent and is now seen as a bona fide emerging trend for future portables.”

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  1. OMG! This is HUGE!!! I work in a university library and one of the problems we have is not enough electrical outlets available for students to plug in their laptops. Because this is an old building, some of the outlets were meant for the janitors to plug in their equipment to wax or vacuum the floors. Students have moved tables and chairs closer to these outlets which unfortunately poses a fire or tripping hazard. It would be GREAT if Macbooks could be powered simply by the ambient light in the study areas. Students can get their studying (or video game-playing) done without having to move furniture to areas where they shouldn’t be.

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