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

thewitt

macrumors 68020
Sep 13, 2011
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1,523
Not enough surface area for any interesting amount of power generation.
 
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mattopotamus

macrumors G5
Jun 12, 2012
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4,417
also since the phone is mostly in people's pockets it would kind of defeat the purpose. It is not a watch....
 
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old-wiz

macrumors G3
Mar 26, 2008
8,315
225
West Suburban Boston Ma
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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Dwalls90

Contributor
Feb 5, 2009
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2,941
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.
 
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b166er

macrumors 68020
Apr 17, 2010
2,062
18
Philly
while it is 100% possible I am 100% positive that's now what the back plate is for.
 
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0007776

Suspended
Jul 11, 2006
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8,169
Somewhere
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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