Apple Awarded Patent For Solar-Powered MacBook

Hello, sunshine!

Before the polar vortex decided to pummel the East Coast with freezing temperatures this month, there was this lovely, life-affirming thing called “sunshine.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Apple certainly has, and this week the firm was awarded a patent for a dual-display MacBook with solar-charging capabilities.

As Apple Insider points out, U.S. Patent No. 8,638,549 concerns a rear plate for your laptop that houses laminated layers. These various layers allow for things like touch panels and solar cells. (The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s used similar dual-glass technology for their touch displays.)

On the back of a MacBook, where the Apple logo would normally go, photovoltaic cells could theoretically be implemented to give you auxiliary, green-friendly juice when you want to work outside. It’s a neat idea--at least if it ever sees the light of day.

Apple, to its credit, hasn’t been shy about touting its solar initiatives. The company announced last November that it was building a new manufacturing plant in Arizona that would be powered entirely by renewable energy. Maybe one day soon, we’ll even see a solar-powered iPhone.

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