There’s nothing like a trip to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a glimpse of future technology.
This week, an Apple patent application has been revealed, detailing the Californians' plans for wireless charging. Like, actual wireless charging.
Several smartphones have welcomed “wireless charging” this year, including the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, HTC 8X, and Nexus 4. However, it's necessary to sit the phone on some sort of "wireless charging" pad.
Apple’s marketing guy, Phil Schiller, wasn’t impressed, saying: “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated.”
Now we’re getting a glimpse of Apple’s take on wireless charging with the aforementioned patent application. Said application details a "realistic and practical approach".
Apple proposes the use of "near-field magnetic resonance" to power nearby devices within one metre – or inside the “virtual charging area”.
However, before we go getting all excited, Apple states that the technology would initially extend only to low-power devices, such as mouses (er, mice?) and keyboards.
No, we’re not quite at the stage of wireless iPhone charging just yet. Bah. It’s worth noting, though, that the application was submitted way back in 2010, so there’s every chance Apple’s plans have advanced in the two years since. Fingers crossed.
via: Apple Insider