Looks like Apple doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned to make its upcoming iPhone 6 more productive and innovative. The company, after introducing a fingerprint sensor in its iPhone 5s, is reportedly looking forward to integrate solar panels into the sapphire glass screen on its next iPhone.
Matt 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.
It 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.
A recent report by PhoneArena states that Foxconn, a major manufacturer for several Apple products, has reportedly assembled 100 iPhone prototypes including with a sapphire glass screen. 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.