Patent says iPhone 6 = Solar + Sapphire Chrystal Glass and more.
iPhone 6, Macbook, iPad, and iPod Touch.
In a patent filed in September 2013, Apple described the new technology as an “integrated touch sensor and solar assembly.” In effect, any device with the technology implemented would use electrodes to collect solar energy which would then be converted to power the device’s battery. In addition, the solar cell “stack-ups” would also be used for sensing on the touch sensor array.
After an initial issue with a necessary component needed to convert the solar power to energy to be directly used by the device’s battery, Apple hired a technician specifically to eliminate the need for a “boost converter.” The boost converter was necessary to allow the solar cell to convert solar energy directly into the device’s battery.
By October 2013, Apple solved the issue surrounding the boost converter. This led to a new patent filed by the company at that point. The new patent, described the technology as simply a “new solar touch screen patent.”
Apple now had the ability to all ow for solar power directly to the iPhone 6’s battery without the need for a boost converter. In addition, without the need for a boost converter, the company now rumored to have not only a sapphire screen for the iPhone 6 but the ability to expand the feature to other devices, such as the MacBook, iPad and the iPod Touch.
see link http://guardianlv.com/2014/01/solar-power-and-sapphire-screens-mean-to-the-future-of-the-iphone-6/