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Apple has filed a patent for wireless inductive charging mat for iPhone, other mobile devices

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Apple has filed a patent for wireless inductive charging mat for iPhone, other mobile devices
Despite recently saying that it doesn’t find much practicality in offering wireless charging for its mobile devices, a patent filing from 2011 suggest Apple might be working on a solution of its own. What’s more interesting - that solution might turn out to be way more interesting than what Nokia last announced for its new Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

"Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated," Apple’s marketing head Phil Schiller explained at Apple’s iPhone 5 unveiling.

That comment came in regards to Nokia’s charging options which allow you to wirelessly charge only one device with a separately purchased accessory like a dock or a pillow. Now, Apple’s patent however shows that the company wants to built something that might be even better - a charging dock that is pictured to juice up more than a single device.

Also, as patented, the Apple wireless charger will be able to tell whether you’ve placed your device back up or down, and pick a particular behaviour in either case. If the device is back down for example it’d charge, and if it’s back up it could charge and sync at the same time. Neat!

The patent filing is called "Device Orientation Based Docking Functions," and details how physical orientation changes the behaviour of the device on the dock. The patent was originally filed by Apple in March 2011.

Could we really see a wireless charging iPhone in the near future? Do we need it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:12 46

1. StephenElop (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


WTF APPLE!?!? YOU ROTTEN SH**!!!

OH PLEASE PA, LET ME SWEAR, I DONT CARE IF YOU BAN ME NOW

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:07 19

29. jael206 (Posts: 146; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Hey PA.. Do your beloved readers a favor and make an article about this awesome news. Thanks PA!

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/patent-busting-crowdsourced/

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:25 10

44. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I mean come on Rotten Apple first fix the wireless in the device then move on to wireless charging and other wireless stuff externally.
For those who arent aware there is a wi-fi bug in iPhone 5 / iOS6!

THIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN ISSUED IN PUBLIC INTEREST :)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:30 8

67. metalpoet (unregistered)


Do you know why so many idiots think that the icr*p is the best phone ever? Thats because most of them are too stupid to read reviews on Apple products on non biased websites like these. Instead they go on Apple.com and blindly pay way too much for last years technology. I work for a wireless sales based company that sells AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint phones and I am sick and tired of hearing about the f**king iCr*p 5, no offense but its mostly from women and femy men who think there the sh*t because that have some fragile POS phone covered in breakable glass! Apple die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die die!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 15:38 3

71. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Get a life Tim Cook n his team....

I don't f**king care about PA even if they ban me just f**kk offf rotten Apple.....!!!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 21:44 2

79. Android2627 (Posts: 28; Member since: 03 Mar 2012)


Height Of BLO*DY SH*T Man Apple is a REAL THREAT TO INNOVATION of Future.
Apple will patent it and Block all PHONES Supporting it and after 4-5 years perhaps Launch its iSH*T With this and iFANS WOULD DANCE LIKE A GAY SEEING THIS AS TECHNOLOGY MARVEL OF THE DECADE
IF U WANT TO BAN ME I WONT CARE IFANS BUT THIS IS DISGUSTING

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:13 3

2. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Did anyone bother to look if wireless charging is bad for health!? I suppose everybody is happy with all those Watts floating in the air... It was the same with radium until they discovered radioactivity bites hard...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:16 17

4. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


We all have 10 phones with signals to towers, WiFi connection from all the laptops, mobiles, etc. to the modem... And all that...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:19 8

7. StephenElop (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Your phone is a better radiator than that close range wireless charging lol..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:26 6

12. drazyw (unregistered)


Yeah, it's just an inductor. They are in every electronic device on the planet. EM fields generated by inductive charging on this scale are on the very low end.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:43 22

22. McLTE (Posts: 895; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


All these watts floating in the air.. that's the funniest thing I've read in a while!

I just had a swarm of them buzzing around my head like bees!

No worries.. Apple will also invent iWatt repellent.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:44 8

23. StephenElop (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


LOL you got it bro, Apple will invent iCoat too.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:07 8

28. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


lmao!! Made my day xDD

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:15 25

3. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


WTH is this? Did Nokia/Samsung patent wireless charging for their devices? Oh, wait even Pre didn't do it. Time to boycott Apple.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:40 22

21. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Nokia and Motorola should patent pressing on numbers to call a contact, texting and even using an antenna and a screen. THEY WERE FIRST. They should patent chargers too, and games (snake) and earpieces and microphones and loudspeakers. I hate the patent system.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:52 11

26. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


You sir, are awesome.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:26 11

36. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Patent system was a crap since edison and tesla.

True, motorola and nokia are the first to develop these kinds. But funny thing is that, a new comer, such as apple, is beating them a mile. Apple is like edison, wait for something to be pioneered on and try to do a paperwork for that thing and try to be the first on the patent office.

On the other hand, nokia, motorola are like tesla. They don't give a sh*t on patents. They focus on developing what has been there.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:31 7

37. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


But can't blame them. First come first serve.

posted on 30 Sep 2012, 10:51 1

86. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


just wait till they patent the notification bar, the widgets and even live tiles.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:17 24

5. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


This is crossing the line! What the hell!? They don't even have the feature on their phone! And now they want it so they can sue other manufacturers?!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:26 14

13. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


Just goes to show that Apple can't be trusted. Nokia should have patented every possible patent for the wireless technology, if this isn't suppressing innovation then i don't know what is. Just a big Bully is what Apple is!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:57 3

40. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


lol Apple is like a nerd turned into a bully, fighting everyone but do all the mathematics for this fight (by patents and court rooms). all manufacturers should patent their works and sue Apple for every infringement they make

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 21:22

78. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


they won't sue Nokia but everyone else this is fcking stupid. If Apple hadn't made a phone they would it ipatent the who damn tech world. Their wouldn't be NO LAW SUITS

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:17 5

6. pongkie (Posts: 636; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


ahhh iphone 5s never buy an iphone without the s

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:19 8

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1464; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Apple's Agenda after iPhone 5 cock up :

1) Find anything that competitors have created that can be used as a selling point.
2) Edit it slightly and patent.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:22 9

9. StephenElop (banned) (Posts: 14; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)


Dude, you know what?!?
This converted me to an anti Apple guy..

I am a Nokia fan myself.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:37 7

20. moroninc (Posts: 193; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


hey isn't editing a technology and patenting it sort of like Plagiarism? i know Apple is against copying ala Sammy and Android, but i know that 'iphone' was a trademark owned by cisco systems before they sued Apple... so they can act all innocent they want, AAPL is Evil and run by crooks.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:24 10

10. GUNDAM (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


i never imagined that apple would become lower than they already are.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 09:25 9

11. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


oh Fukk~ then here comes sheeps praising iphone for the wireless charging soon... but now, they say it is utterly useless and not great when Nokia did it today...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:56 3

50. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


didn't you know that hypocrisy is apple's 2nd motto after litigation?
the third one is to copy but sue others who copy them..

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