Wireless charging in its current form is another “advance” we’re not entirely convinced about, but Apple appears to be slowly moving towards its unique take on the technology.
A newly granted patent shows an iPod, keyboard and Magic Mouse all being juiced up in a “Virtual Charging Area”. Look ma: no stupid wireless charging mat.
Present day wireless charging has barely moved on from 2009’s Palm Pre Touchstone charger, with phones essentially tethered to a device that’s – yes – plugged into a wall socket.
Really, the only benefit is not having to physically plug the other end of the charger into your phone, which to me is like saying a smartwatch is great because you don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to look at notifications. Meh.
Indeed, Apple marketing guy Phil Schiller said last year: “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated.”
As such, Apple’s take on wireless charging is significantly cooler. In future, your iDevice could automatically begin charging when you’re simply near the source (as described around a year ago in a similar patent-related news piece).
In the patent submission, the aforementioned iPod, keyboard and Magic Mouse are powered by a near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) unit housed within an iMac.
According to Patently Apple, the submission was filed back in 2012, and while there’s no guarantee that the technology will see the light of day, it looks like a definite maybe for the iPhone 6.