So you think your new iPad 2 is the bee’s knees? Guess what – soon students in Zimbabwe will be able to get hold of solar-powered iPads, which makes perfect sense considering just how much sunlight their country receives all year round. This move was agreed upon after Apple decided to enter a joint-venture with the Zimbabwean government with the aim to reduce the digital divide between rural and urban areas throughout the country.
Government Education, Sport, Arts and Culture minister David Coltart actually made his way to Europe in order to meet up with Apple executives who are working in Paris, where their new ‘School Box’ is said to rely on solar power and micro projectors so that the iPad can function as a teaching aid at some of Zimbabwe’s poorest schools. Since the most basic of computers are already tough to come by, a far more portable tablet would make perfect sense.
Will the mass market ever be able to get hold of solar-powered iPads in the future? Who knows, right?