Apple to tap solar energy in mobile charging technology patent application

October 31
1:34 PM 2013

A report by Techcrunch said Apple Inc might be planning to develop a technology to charge its mobile products using solar energy. Apple news aggregator website AppleInsider obtained the tech giant's patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Apple's patent application disclosed that the company intended to simplify the charging process of its mobile devices using solar energy. The document revealed that the new technology would allow Apple to equip its mobile devices with the capacity to accept and translate energy from the sun via a solar panel via a simple cord.

Apple's attempt to expand its business to clean technology via its core products was not unique. Market research firm Navigant Research said in its recent report that in one niche market of solar energy, sales of distributed solar power alone would hit USD112 billion per year by 2018. Techcrunch also predicted that although solar energy isn't palatable to the general population, the innovation would be an acceptable technology to general consumers within the next few years.

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