Apple applies for patent on wireless charging system

Apple applies for patent on wireless charging system
Apple has filed an application for a wireless charging system

Apple has filed an application for a wireless charging system

Apple has filed a patent application called Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment. It is a fancy name for a wireless charging system that uses near-field magnetic resonance. The NFMR creates a field that will recharge any electronic device with NFMR resonator circuits, within a yard of the source. Mobile phones, toys, wireless phones, remote controls, anything that uses rechargeable batteries can be "refueled" with this technology.

It is obviously an improvement over the current wireless charging technology which requires you to put your handset on a pad. We really haven't come that far since Palm introduced the Touchstone wireless charging system when it announced the Palm Pre back at CES 2009, so this would seem like a great idea on its face. But there is a catch and it is a big one.

Powering up the magnetic field could end up causing Lightsquared style interference, meaning that it can be problematic. Credit cards with a magnetic strip might have critical information wiped out and who knows what will happen to your hard drives. But we're sure that Apple will have all of the answers before releasing such a system. Or, considering the speed at which Apple's army of attorneys defend the Cupertino based firm's IP portfolio, this could just be a warning to others working on similar technology to tread lightly.

source: USPTO

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111 Comments

1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

1) And the don't have even a SINGLE iDevice with that feature, while the others manufacturers have it in some devices. 2) How they succeeded in patenting things that are available in the market?

2. Giggity

Posts: 147; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It doesn't take a genius to figure out pretty much any blatantly senseless claims being submitted by Apple to the USPTO will get approved no question asked.

6. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

USPTO should be called APDAS (Apple Patents database & approval system)

89. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Their patents system is seriously flaw. A simple drawing is all it take to sue for a billion dollars. This model will encourage the rich to invest in patents rather then real products. How will that benefit the U.S economy. Patents can't be export oversea to earn revenue.

91. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Instead of making a book about Apple 4 dummies, the dummies authors should write a book titled Apple is a Dummies!!!!

22. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

I mean is this for real???!!!!!! Oh man the USPTO is too bi-assed (Apple's a$$ and USPTO's a$$ being sown together!) towards Apple just because its an American company! If this goes on then other manufacturers will just stop shipping devices to the US and then Apple can have all the market to itself and create an absolute monopoly...bunch of jerks! Bloody they dont have any innovations yet they file for patents on other's innovations and the USPTO approves....shamless case of Money can buy anything...in this case patents for Apple!

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro apples patent is on a truly wireless system involving a kinda magnetic bubble. The wireless charging we currently have isn't actually wireless. It only creates a middle man, which can stop the charging process when u get a call if u pick the phone up. Apples would continue to charge as long as ur n a certain proximity. I had the palm pre, back when I hated Bluetooth, and speaker phones. Every time I got a call I picked it up off the charging dock, and as a result it was never fully charged. The current wireless charging still requires a wire/cord so it isn't truly wireless. I'm with u in this patent crap though believe me I am.

28. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"The wireless charging we currently have isn't actually wireless." Wrong! It is wireless.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it's not...it's plugged into a wall dude, And the device has to be connected to the port

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Dos phone and charging dock is somehow physically connected together with any wires or connectors? NO! And thats mean it is wireless!

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If it uses a wire/cord then it's wired not wireless

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Power between charging dock and phone is transferred wirelessly where do you see any wires or physical connectors between charging dock and Nokia Lumia 920 ???

100. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Actually, you are right. What Apple is patenting is contact free/wireless charging, which is different that what is currently available.

35. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Riiight. In that event, cell phones aren't wireless. After all, the tower is connected to the rest of the Internet over ethernet or fiber.

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not talking about cell phones. Talking about wireless chargers

81. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

the base is connected to the plug...the phone being charged is wirleless as no cable or ANYTHING goes into the phone to charge it hence WIRELESS

93. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

then your wireless internet connection is not actually wireless, because it is still connected to cables across the ocean.. your logic must be given a high five.. on the face.. with a table..

94. xfire99

Posts: 1203; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Who is right? The companys that release it, whole world and read onhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging It isnt called wireless charging for nothing dude. Also u really think Apples that u call real wireless, dont need a power cord connect to the wall outlet too? The power just comes from heaven, blessed by Apple to theirs believers (like u) and yours God have given u all true wireless power....

103. Adithya7184

Posts: 322; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

do you remember Sony MW600 bluetooth headset. it also has wires but still it is called wireless Bluetooth headset...this is just an example...:-)

32. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"No it's not...it's plugged into a wall dude..." Are you kidding? Of course charging dock should be connected to something, energy doesn't come from nowhere just like that... "And the device has to be connected to the port..." Phone with charging dock is not connected with any wires or other physical connectors.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Plugged into wall = wired

39. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Plugged into wall = wired" Of course charging dock should be connected to something, energy doesn't come from nowhere just like that but between charging dock and phone there is no wires or connectors and that's mean that power is transferred wirelessly. For some reasons you are unable to understand that or you just trolling?

43. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No I understand perfectly, and I'm not trolling ur just mad. The current system of wireless charging isn't actually wireless, PA did an article on it some time back. Go look it up n PA's search bar. Apples would actually be wireless, based on its ability to charge from a certain proximity,ie the charger on the coffee table, and the phone on the couch as long as the device is n range. U wouldn't need to physically have it sitting n direct contact with the quote unquote wireless charger.

49. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

We were talking not about efficient distance between charger and phone! We had debates about it is wireless or not! It is doesn't matter it is one meter or few millimeters but it is wireless!

51. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"U wouldn't need to physically have it sitting n direct contact with the quote unquote wireless charger." Actually you can lift your device from charger and hold it away in few millimeters. The bigger distance between charger and phone means less efficient energy transfer but that doesn't change the fact that it is wireless charging!

88. uliuli80

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Wow, don't ever start a conversation with a person that refers to you as "bro". They have a brain the size of a pea.

78. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

There's a fake game on google play ... Charge your cell phone from WIFI signal ... perhaps someone fed that idea ... :)

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Apple's "energy spreading" part also will be connected with wires to an power source!

42. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

So, you think apple system will auto generate power by itself? Are you serious? It will always be wired to a plug!!! The difference is only it doesn't need to be on the mat, it can be next to it, and you can probably pick up calls and keep it charging, just don't take cards on your pocket or they will be wiped. (Hey, maybe they will adapt some windmill blades to generate clean free energy and keep the plug away lolol)

44. darkkjedii

Posts: 30720; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That last part was funny as heck. Good one, good to see some one with a sense of humor on here.

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