Just as iPhone 5 availability has improved by a week (now taking 2-3 weeks for orders from the Apple Store to ship), comes reports sporting the addition of the "S" we have come to expect from a follow-up release. Don't get too cozy with iPhone 5 as Apple may be pushing its follow-up much more aggressively, with new rumors pointing to production testing beginning this December. Such a speedy production timeframe could mean that we will see iPhone 5S much earlier than anticipated.
OhGizmo has informed us that peripherals maker Novothink has released the new Solar Surge, a combination solar charger and carrying case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and the iPod Touch lets you harvest the sun’s energy to replenish your device’s less than epic battery.
According to the Novothink website, “2 hours of direct solar exposure provides about 30 minutes of talk time on a 3G network or 60 minutes of talk time on a 2G network". Users can always resort to the included USB cable for charging its built-in lithium-ion polymer battery.
Several new Apple patents have been published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. One in particular, titled "Power Management Circuitry and Solar Cells" and filed August 8, 2008, shows once again that Apple is looking in to the use of solar cells on their mobile devices like iPods and iPhones as an alternative primary power source. This time, instead of building them in behind the screen of the device, this patent talks about a more obvious method: covering every available inch of their exterior.