Apple wants to enable wireless charging between its devices

Apple wants to enable wireless charging between its devices
A new patent from Apple showed up on the United States Patent & Trademark Office's website titled "Inductive charging between electronic devices". Inductive charging is the method used to wirelessly charge devices, but currently the process is only one way – from the charger to the device. Apparently, Apple could be planning to change that and allow devices to trade battery life or just use the one you have plugged in to charge others.

The patent describes various devices, one part of it is about integrating induction coils in MacBook laptops. There are three proposed locations: on either side of the trackpad or directly under it. This will allow you to charge your iPhone or iWatch by simply placing them on your laptop. While that might be disruptive while you're using the laptop, people that use external monitors, keyboards and mice will find it very useful. 

Another interesting detail from the application is the mention of a device that consists only of a housing, a battery and inductive coils. We already know about Apple's AirPower wireless charger, but the patent suggest that the charger (or a future version of it) will have its own battery storage for use on the go.

This technology will give users flexibility when they are separated from the power grid and need to use one device more than another. If we are to guess what Apple's vision for the future is, they want you to be able to charge your AirPods with your iPad, your iPhone from your MacBook and every other combination of products you can think of.

source: US Patent Office via AppleInsider

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14 Comments

1. bucknassty

Posts: 1249; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

That is a nice idea

9. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Agree it could be very usfull

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is, you can charge phones with other phones via USB C cables already. Great in a pinch.

14. audibot

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

i thought some did that already, but dont remember who i know its not sam or lg

2. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

I guess Apple is preparing to remove the last port sooner.

3. surethom

Posts: 1558; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Need to get there airPower charger working first

4. Blade.

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 2015

Seems like the author is caught up in his own fantasy world until he calls the Apple Watch the iWatch

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1250; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ohh so they are copying a Samsung patent...Nice to see their innovations...

10. Phullofphil

Posts: 1732; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No they are not it different or they would not get a patent. Samsung is the company that copies trends not Apple. Apple does proven tech if it fits in there plan. On the patient part look how many patents deal with a folding phone. The other thing to think about is by the time a phone comes out it has gone through months of planning.

12. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

stopped reading at "samsung is the ..." you do know and understand Apple hasnt been first with anything in the past few years besides face id which is meh to most.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3739; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Scratches on your laptop due to your watch or phone would be great, nice work!

8. NateDiaz

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Your L.

7. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

very good idea, we want to see new useful ideas and things like this from big compaies like Samsung, Apple, Sony and the others

11. suavemezie

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

They should first of improve their wireless charging time , which sucks.

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