Apple and Samsung have been evaluating the possible niche market for solar-powered consumer products and considering the inclusion of Taiwan-based solar firms in their respective supply chains, according to “DigiTimes” (

However, these niche markets will need a longer time to develop, the article says, quoting Taiwan-based solar firms. “Samsung’s solar-powered netbook adopts a unique sized solar cell, added industry sources, and the number of solar cells used is less than rooftop solar systems, hence it is unlikely for solar-powered consumer products to form a solid market in the short term,” says “DigiTimes.”