iWatch Release Date Soon As Apple Explores Solar And Motion Charging Features
By Karla Danica Figuerres | February 4, 2014 5:43 PM EST
Apple has explored solar and motion charging features for the much anticipated Apple iWatch, according to a report from New York Times.
Recent report brings fresh round of speculations about the Apple iWatch. Past rumors suggested the Cupertino tech giant has been heavily focusing on health and fitness for its wearable devices. Currently, a new report noted Apple is working on a wireless charging through magnetic induction and solar-charging through the solar layer of iWatch display.
Basically, the wireless charging involves the use of a charging plate and electromagnetic fields generated from a charging base that will be picked up by metal coils and then transformed into electricity. This technology is not new. Nokia smartphones are already using similar technology where smartphones will be placed on a charging plate and electrical current creates a magnetic field that eventually creates voltage charging the phone.
Apple is also experimenting with the idea of giving power to the device in daytime by adding solar-charging layer to its curved screen. Also, kinetic charging has also been explored on top of the solar charging of the future iWatch. Kinetic charging which uses movement to charge the battery of the device is a technology used in many modern-day watches already. According to a patent filed by Apple previously, the swinging motion of the arm when walking operates tiny charging station that generates power to device.
As companies push their technologies, battery limits in quest in doing so. Thus far, looking for other sources of power for the devices is a smart step in their quest to improve the battery life of devices. It is no secret that Apple uses energy-efficient processors on its MacBooks, iPhones and iPads rather than focusing on the battery itself.
With these features being explored by Apple, it is safe to say that the release date will soon happen, although we cannot tell for sure as Apple refused to comment on its future technologies and products.
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