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

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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87 Comments

1. StephenElop

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

WTF APPLE!?!? YOU ROTTEN SH**!!! OH PLEASE PA, LET ME SWEAR, I DONT CARE IF YOU BAN ME NOW

29. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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/

44. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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 :)

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!

71. Jelly_Bean

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 11, 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.....!!!!

79. Android2627

Posts: 28; Member since: Mar 03, 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

2. nbringer

Posts: 180; Member since: Sep 11, 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...

4. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

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

7. StephenElop

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

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

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.

22. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

23. StephenElop

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

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

28. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

lmao!! Made my day xDD

3. No_Nonsense unregistered

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

21. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

26. No_Nonsense unregistered

You sir, are awesome.

36. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

37. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

86. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

5. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 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?!!

13. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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!!

40. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 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

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

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

ahhh iphone 5s never buy an iphone without the s

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

9. StephenElop

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Dude, you know what?!? This converted me to an anti Apple guy.. I am a Nokia fan myself.

20. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 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.

10. GUNDAM

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

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

11. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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...

50. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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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