Apple is reportedly looking into solar panels as a power source for handheld devices and portable computers.
A recently published patent application discovered by the Apple enthusiast site MacRumors.com describes a technique in which solar panels would be built behind a portable device's LCD screen. From that location, the panels could absorb ambient light that passes through.
The countdown to the opening of the first Apple Store in the southern hemisphere has begun with the unveiling of a "coming soon" sign across the facade of a nearly-completed office complex in the heart of the Sydney CBD.
The sign is printed onto a sheet of blue material that is stretched across the glass atrium on the front of the building at the corner of George and King streets.
ImportGenius, an import tracking and analysis firm, reports that Apple and its logistics partners have imported 188 ocean containers of a product type—"electric computers"—never before declared on its shipping manifests.
“They have never before reported this product on their customs declarations,” says Ryan Petersen, ImportGenius.com. “The fact that they are importing millions of units, combined with dwindling stocks of the first generation of iPhones, clearly supports the ... predictions.”
Apple's legendary secrecy is so effective in the United States that about all the company will say about its unveiling next month of new iPhones is that it hasn't yet made any pricing decisions on a new phone.
An executive at Australia's Telstra has however said the carrier has already been testing new iPhones operating at speeds capable of 42 Mbps. Telstra uses HSPA infrastructure -- the same wireless technology utilized by AT&T, which has been the exclusive provider of the iPhone in the United States.
Axiotron's Modbook is a really cool portable computer that I would likely never buy.