Apple is Working on Solar Charging System for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on October 31 published a patent application from Apple for a unique solar-ready power management system that will work with both a power adapter and seamlessly with a portable solar panel accessory. This technology would outfit a device with its own system microcontroller and a charger. That built-in gear would handle the conversion of the solar power to the necessary electrical power used by the device. This innovative approach to solar charging could make it more practical to power both MacBooks and iOS devices from the sun, which offers hope to all the Apple device owners who always seem to run out of juice before the day is over.