Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been exploring and developing the use of solar power to charge gadgets and extend the battery life of items like the iPad.
If Apple were to create and launch a gadget with this solar technology it would change the solar market drastically.
Last month Apple was granted a patent for a voltage converter and controller for charging a device with solar power. The patent focuses on algorithms and devices that can monitor and control the way a portable device could be charged most effectively though the use of solar power using both embedded solar cells and an attachable source of power.
According to the Patently Apple website, Apple has two solar-related patents granted and five more solar applications still on file.
Apple intends for solar energy to help improve the battery life of devices and the technology will allow for people to charge their device in locations where a grid is not available.
Solar panels and solar cells have typically been priced high, making solar technology an expensive investment. However, in recent months the price of both panels and cells has decreased dramatically. This is good news for the consumers out in the solar market.
Apple has always been innovative and has set the standard for technology developments. With iPhone sales expected to hit 30 million in the fourth quarter of this year Apple will not have financial problems standing in their way.
When Apple finalizes and launches their solar devices it is safe to say that other companies will be working to do the same.
Until next time,