Apple Eyes Solar-Powered Gadgets

iPods and iPhones could soon harness sun's power with new patent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 12:35 PM CDT
Apple Eyes Solar-Powered Gadgets
Apple's patent involves a layer of photovoltaic cells stacked underneath a mobile device's touch-sensitive area.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Apple is seeking a different kind of moment in the sun, reports Forbes, as the behemoth has filed a patent that would integrate solar cells with its iPods and iPhones. The technology would boost the amount of area available for cells, paving the way for truly mobile gadgets free totally unplugged from the power grid. (Read more Apple stories.)

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