Will a Solar-Powered iphone 6 Resolve Low Battery Life Problems ?

Just imagine if your iPhone could keep charging itself without you having to connect it to a power outlet using a charger… Well, if we are to believe the rumors or what analysts on the street are speculating, the next iPhone model is likely to be solar powered.

Poor battery life is becoming a matter of concern for any smartphone user, no matter what mobile he is using. If you ask any iPhone user about what he would really admire in the next model, he will definitely demand a longer battery life. It seems that Apple has got this message right and is looking to develop an iPhone model that could offer users a longer battery life.

It’s Just a Rumor – But a Strong Rumor

Though it has not been confirmed by the company, this is what analysts infer from the data points they have observed. The solar-powered iPhone is supposed to have a display that would contain solar cells which will allow battery charging. Users can hope to enjoy iPhone features and apps with much more ease without having to worry about carrying their chargers along.

An analyst who writes for Seeking Alpha (an emerging platform for independent analysts) pointed out certain evidence that makes him believe a solar-powered iPhone is around the corner. The timing of launch of this model could certainly be debated, but it seems Apple has already taken some concrete steps on the development and commercialization of a solar-powered version.

Why a solar-powered iPhone could be around the corner?

1. Apple has already been granted a patent on such an invention

In February 2013, Apple got a patent published (Patent number 8,368,654) which claims invention related to portable devices (cellphones or media players) that integrate touch sensors and power assembly. The patent was filed as early as 2008.

The patent claims an integrated panel consisting of a solar panel (comprising an electrode pattern and an energy collection medium) and a switching circuitry configured to switch the electrode pattern between a touch sensing mode and a solar energy collection mode.

Thus, when your phone is idle it will automatically switch into a charging mode disabling the touch sensing mode. As soon as the iPhone will sense a finger approaching, the touch sensing mode will be switched on. The patent also talks about the use of sapphire in the formation of a cover for the solar-powered device.

2. Apple will set up a manufacturing facility in Arizona which will manufacture sapphire screens

In partnership with GT Advanced Technologies, Apple is planning to set up a manufacturing facility in Arizona. The facility will manufacture sapphire materials for Apple’s popular electronics devices. Apple will own the manufacturing facility while GT will own the furnaces to manufacture sapphire out of the facility.

Apple has also advertised a job opening for the requirement of a thin films engineer with a solar experience for its manufacturing facility in Arizona. And if we were to look at these bits of information in conjunction with the patent, which also refers to the use of sapphire, it seems quite possible that a solar-powered iPhone is just round the corner.

3. Whether iPhone 6 or iPhone7 will be solar powered is debatable.

As per the manufacturing and supply agreement with GT Advanced Technologies, Apple is supposed to make GT an advance payment of $578million, which GT will pay back to Apple starting from 2015.

It would be fair to assume that GT will pay back out of the proceeds it receives from manufacturing of sapphire. With the launch timelines of iPhone 6 still not revealed by the company, it remains difficult to predict whether it is iPhone 6 or if Apple plans to integrate the solar power feature to iPhone 7.

It would be fair to assume that GT will pay back out of the proceeds it receives from manufacturing of sapphire. With the launch timelines of iPhone 6 still not revealed by the company, it remains difficult to predict whether it is iPhone 6 or if Apple plans to integrate the solar power feature to iPhone 7.

Hope Springs!

Whether it will be iPhone 6 or iPhone 7 that is going to be solar powered remains a puzzle, but it seems certain Apple has made tremendous progress on this front. We have already witnessed solar-powered calculators and watches, and perhaps now it is the turn of solar-powered cellphones. How much can it help the battery life would be everybody’s question, and we might have to wait to see that.

Author Bio:- Nilesh Talaviya is mobile strategist works for Cygnet Infotech, a premier enterprise mobile app development company based in India. For more, you can reach him via nctalaviya@cygnet-infotech.com or follow him on Google+. Helove to share his knowledge on latest mobile technology trends.