Apple iWatch Could Be Solar Powered

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According to The New York Times, Apple is considering outfitting the long-rumored smartwatch's screen with a solar charging layer. This would charge the battery when the gadget is worn in sunlight, although the Times' report notes that this could be years away from becoming a reality. MORE: Apple iWatch Rumors: Features, Specs and Release Date

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Apple has also been testing wireless charging tech that doesn't involve absorbing power from the sun. The method would involve wireless magnetic induction, which is similar to the cable-free charging available on Nokia's newer Windows Phone 8 smartphones. Another potential charging solution could involve powering the watch through movement. For instance, swinging your arm could trigger a tiny charging station that would generate power and push it to the watch while you're walking, the Times reports.

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In addition to wireless or solar charging, Apple's rumored iWatch is expected to feature a curved glass screen. Previous rumors have indicated that the device could run the full version of iOS and feature a slap bracelet design as outlined in one of Apple's patents, although the company has yet to confirm any information.

The Times' report surfaces just as talk of a solar-powered iPhone has hit the Web. Seeking Alpha recently wrote that Apple is likely to implement a sapphire glass screen embedded with solar cells on its next iPhone in an effort to increase battery life.

via The New York Times

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