Apple, a tech firm best known for its innovations, after introducing a
fingerprint sensor in its iPhone 5s, is rumoured to be integrating
solar panels into the sapphire glass screen on its next iPhone.
Margolis, an analyst writing for Seeking Alpha, expects the
solar-charging sapphire glass screen to be incorporated in the Apple
iPhone 6, aimed at enhancing the battery life of the handset, the
problem that is plaguing all smartphones.
Margolis concludes that
the Sapphire Glass screen will be embedded with solar cells in the
Apple's new plant placed in Arizona. To support this news, Margolis
gives an account of several events and patents over the past year.
has been mentioned that Apple filed a patent back in February 2013
which included the use of touch sensors and solar panel. The patent
however, failed to mention how the technology works in detail. A
follow-up patent made it clearer, mentioning that the touch screen panel
included a power management system that takes power from solar panels.
firm's opening for the post of Thin Films Engineer with solar
experience further confirmed the news followed by Apple's new
manufacturing unit opened in Arizona in partnership with mineral crystal
specialist GT Advanced Technologies Inc.
also announced that it would spend $10.5 billion in capital
expenditures, including "cutting edge lasers" that are being speculated
to be used for "scribing" the microchannels on solar cells. An order of
$68 million for solar cell coating equipment from Manz AG is also being
attributed to either Apple or Samsung.
A recent report by
PhoneArena states that Foxconn, a major manufacturer for several Apple
products, has reportedly assembled 100 iPhone prototypes including with a
The firm is said to rely on two companies for its sapphire material
which are responsible in providing material for the iPhone 5s' rear
camera and TouchID Sensor- Synopsys and Bern Optics.
patents, GT Advanced Technologies partnership and Foxconn prototype
rumours, Apple is quite likely to use sapphire and solar charging in its
devices in future, and one can expect the next iPhone or iWatch to come
with the same in or around September-October 2014.