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Apple to Introduce Solar Products?

After receiving a low green ranking in Greenpeace’s Green Guide to Electronics, Apple has been making significant changes to be environmentally friendly. With the release of the MacBook Air, which includes a mercury- and arsenic-free display, a PVC- and BFR-free circuit board, and an aluminum case (plus less packaging), Apple's green score has already increased to 6.7. And now it has just filed a patent to place solar cells on portable devices.

What this means is that certain devices like the iPod Touch or iPhone could be manufactured to have photovoltaic cells stacked underneath LCD touch screens, enabling these gadgets to get juiced up from the sun! I'd love a solar/regular power option, so on rainy days I wouldn't have to go into panic mode if the sun wasn't shining!


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AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 9 years
sounds perfectly awsome.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i think it is a good concept, for sure. i think more people would buy one of these knowing it was 'green', too.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
I think my concern would be that Green=more expensive- which is already a huge complaint with Apple :-/ I think it's an interesting concept and hope it will come to fruition.
devils devils 9 years
I think that's a great idea, and it doesn't surprise me that Apple came up with it. Go Apple! Imagine not having to worry about being somewhere, and having to worry about charging your iPod and needing an outlet (or computer I suppose). I think it's great, and if it costs an extra $100 or 2 to do it, then I'm willing to pay it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think in this 'age' of trying to make things more eco friendly that this is a step in the right direction. i wonder what impact it's going to have on the cost...but i think that perhaps it would be a worthwhile trade off
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
thats a great idea, i wonder when it will come out and if it would be as expensive as the mac book air?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
That's an awesome idea!
splayer splayer 9 years
What a great idea. I hope other companies follow suit.
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
Oooo this will be out by the time I can actually afford a macbook air! good timing haha
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
how can i sign up? this sounds like a great idea. and long over due. why do electronics contain all those harmful chemicals anyway?
kia kia 9 years
This would be great if they start this. At first the products may not be great but in due time I bet they could be state of the art. At least for now Apple will recycle their products that you are done with.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Ooh, I want... But if they just filed the patent, it'll be a while before anything hits the market. And sometimes companies do file patents for things that never become reality.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
Sounds like a step in the right direction.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
What a great idea! I like that they're trying to do something to go green.
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