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Apple Thinking Solar-Powered iPod?

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While the world may be hanging on every shred of new info leading up to Apple’s potential unveiling of their tablet on Wednesday, the tech giant is quietly planning for future — and possibly greener — products.

One patent, filed last week, details a system in which an iPod draws power from solar cells covering the device. According to Gizmodo, it includes a description on how constant voltage could be maintained even with the user’s hand obstructing some of the cells and explains how the solar power could be used in conjunction with traditional batteries.

While there are plenty of external solar chargers available for the iPod right now, carrying one less thing around with me would be a welcome addition. It would also be interesting to see how Apple could integrate the solar cells (which we assume would be of the thin-film variety) to fit their rigorous design standards.

Granted, most Apple patents rarely make it into final products, but we like the way they’re thinking.  To learn more about the ways Apple is working to make their current business more green, jump here.

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