Apple is reportedly exploring new circuits to make green charging — a reality as the Cupertino has received seven solar power patents so that the future iPhone and MacBook may equip solar panels instead of traditional charging elements for better eco-friendly environment.

In the past, there has been a lot of talk about integration of photovoltaic cells in the iDevice, thanks to a photosensitive transparent layer lies on the screen. However, these patents go further and show the possibility of external panels for the iPhone and MacBook.

The US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application entitled “Power management systems for accepting adapter and solar power in electronic devices”, is a technique to make use of photovoltaic electricity without expensive converters.


Mini-solar panels are already in the market, and many of them are also accessible at a lower price. However, they need adapters and converters to be compatible with electronic devices ensuring the correct voltage and a constant supply of energy. And, for the reason, all available solar solutions dedicated to smartphones and tablet are equipped with batteries. Apple wants to overcome this limitation, allowing you to choose your favorite panel and connect it directly to your MacBook and iPhone, which will host all circuits and components suitable for conversion within.

The whole system seems to work in combination with a pre-existing canonical source. Surprisingly, Apple doesn’t opt for the direct integration of the cells on the body of its products because the solar panels on the body of a MacBook or iPhone will ruin irreparable aesthetic design, and certainly the Cupertino wants to avoid any external solution at all costs.

Apple’s new green philosophy also gives the impression in its new datacenter and the design of the new campus in Cupertino. It would be very comfortable when you can charge a laptop while you are “on the go” and away from a power source, such as camping or surrounded by nature.