Solar power for new iPhone? What if the glass in the back

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  1. DBZmusicboy01 macrumors 6502a

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  2. thewitt macrumors 68020

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    Not enough surface area for any interesting amount of power generation.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    also since the phone is mostly in people's pockets it would kind of defeat the purpose. It is not a watch....
     
  4. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    If you left the phone out in the sun it would get too hot
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You underestimate the amount of power produced by solar cells and the amount of power required to run a phone.

    I keep the iPhone in my pocket - there's no way a solar cell is going to work in my pocket.
     
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  7. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    Feasible for lightly charging or maybe at least "stalling" typical battery usage? Maybe ... I would hope for Witricity wifi charging first!

    Also, as others said, it's not good to encourage users to put their phone in the sun as the heat is bad for the phone. Plus, I spend most of my time either out at night, in the office during the day, or in my car. It doesn't leave much opportunity for solar power.
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I agree with the previous posters who say no way would solar cells be feasible.
     
  9. b166er macrumors 68020

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    while it is 100% possible I am 100% positive that's now what the back plate is for.
     
  10. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    It wouldn't do much good as the phone is usually either going to be in your pocket or most of the back will be covered by your hand both of which will keep it from charging. Also the phone is too small to produce that much electricity even if it was sitting in the sun.
     
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