When it comes to energy, the company Apple is looking at how to harness solar power for both large and small scale projects like powering next generation iPhones or the iPad‘s Smart Cover. Just like Apple was ahead of the curve by introducing in-cell technology into the iPhone 5 which Phil Schiller introduced as “integrated touch,” we now know that Apple is working on this same principle except this time around it’s for integrating special solar technology right into future touch displays. They’ve been working on this project since 2008.
A new material called graphene will be able to greatly advance products such as night vision glasses, cameras and yes, eventually solar cells. It won’t happen tomorrow, but you could be sure that Apple’s advanced R&D teams will be considering this new material if it could bring their integrated solar panel technology to the iPhone quicker.
A new report published by MIT Technology Review stated that “Although the work only hints at possible solar applications, it shows that graphene could be considered a candidate for use in so-called third-generation solar cells. The term refers to yet-to-be-developed technologies that would overcome the physical limits of conventional solar cells and reach much higher efficiencies. Today’s silicon cells have a theoretical efficiency limit of around 30 percent. Solar cells made of graphene might have a theoretical limit of over 60 percent.”