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Why does everyone keep saying "it's going to be solar powered" when nothing points to it? The cells are there for sensing, since you would need to cover both sides of the laptop and hold it perfectly parallel to the sun to even make enough juice to trickle charge the machine when it's off, and the extra space weight could have been used to have a larger battery!
Finally people will spend more time out charging their laptops :D
Why do they need to patent everything always?
If your version of something is better than someone else' then yours will sell.
All patents like these do is say "we are doing this, it will probably suck but at least no one else gets a chance to do it better =P"
Of course it'll sell if it's good. That's the problem; if you don't patent something good, then someone else might (will) steal your idea and sell products with the same concept and make money off of your ideas and research (which aren't cheap.)
Did they get the idea from
There is no unique/new idea here, they are simply taking existing well researched things and putting them together.
Lets say company A patents pear juice and company B patents banana juice
Along comes Apple(the idiot patent troll company) and mixes the two juices in one bottle and patents that. It's freaking ridiculous that they even get the patent in the first place and then secondly they sue the two original companies and say they are infringing on their patent.
Laptop + solar panel is not new or rocket science. It's been done already with that OLPC project and similar ventures.
The only thing thats happening here is Apple is gearing up to make some money with patent lawsuits.
That, or http://solaptop.com/en/products/laptops, or any of the other prior art. Of course, this is Apple... so it's bad form to point out the obviousness and prior art of it all.
I'm just glad that soon, there will be reason again to buy an Apple notebook in order to appear pretentious. It's been too long. ;)
if you are finding it worthless to buy,then why to search for reasons?
If a product is dam good then there is no reason to leave it?
This is what usually happens.
If we are not interested in making a legal use of patent laws,then many are waiting to misuse it.
There is not any other way to protect the ideas except for patent.It is too common now to infringe the ideas of others.Either patent your ideas or let them infringed by others.See business method patents