The latest patent awarded to Apple seems to suggest that the company’s line of MacBook laptops could one day come equipped with solar charging devices fitted directly into their screens.
On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple a trademark called “Electronic device display module”, which might not sound like much off the bat. However, the trademark goes on to describe a computer which would be partially made from electrochromic glass- also known as smart glass. The smart glass exterior of the laptop would be able to contain photovoltaic cells capable of turning light into electrical power for the computer to use.
This is not Apple’s first foray into creating cleaner, greener charging options for its products, though nothing is currently available to the public. Another project that Apple reportedly has in the works involves a way to outfit devices with individual solar power converters.
Whilst it is not certain whether any of Apple’s patents will eventually lead to a marketed product, it is certainly an exciting step forward which we hope to hear more of in the future.