Could Apple be using sapphire glass for a solar-charging iPhone 6 screen?

Gigaom

There’s been a lot of talk about sapphire glass since Apple(s aapl) CEO Tim Cook sat down for an interview with ABC News last week. But aside from confirming that a new manufacturing plant the company purchased in Mesa, Arizona last year will be used to produce sapphire glass, no other details were revealed. Seeking Alpha analyst Matt Margolis has a pretty interesting idea, though: He thinks Apple might be inscribing solar panels within sapphire glass screens for the next iPhone.

When you look at a lot of recent news about the company, this idea actually makes a good deal of sense. For starters, Apple has filed solar patents that will allow the company to power devices through solar cells. The company also hired a thin films engineer to “assist in the development and refinement of thin films technologies applicable to electronic systems.”

Apple then signed a $578 million contract…

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