Solar iPhone? Solar iPod? Solar Macbook?

Apple Solar Patent image

Via our friend Joel Johnson at BoingBoing, we learn that Apple has applied for a very intriguing patent. As you can see from the image above, it is a combination of a LCD screen and solar cells. The clever part is that they are not both side by side, or on different sides of the electronic device. Instead, they are stacked on top of each other. The screen itself would be the solar panel.

Will they pull it off? Can they make it inexpensive enough for the consumer market? We'll have to wait and see, but it certainly look like quite a big technical challenge. In the meantime, check out our guide on How to Green Your Electronics. ::Solar LCD Powered iPods, iPhones and Laptops?

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