solar panel.jpgLos Angeles – In the world of mobile media devices, it seems as though each new product release offers endlessly increasing processing power and yet also consumes less power.  Apple Inc., the leader of mobile iOS devices, is attempting to tap solar power in a new patent.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted Apple a patent for a “voltage regulator” and a “ smart controller” which will be used to charge devices in spurts with varying currents and voltages, depending on the batteries’ needs.  Using solar cells, the patent will utilize a process to charge the batteries without damaging them or the devices themselves.  The products that will reap the benefits of this new technology include Apple’s  iPhone, iPad, iPod, iTouch and its Mac PC line.

More details on Apple’s new solar patent can be found here.  With the next wave of iPhone5’s and iPad2’s to be released soon, it is unlikely that this technology will be available for the new lines.  However, don’t be surprised if the technology shows up in Apple’s products as early as late 2012.