Apple files patent for wireless charging transfers

Published on January 2, 2018

Apple is usually the kind to introduce newer innovations during most years. The Cupertino technology reportedly filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office recently. The patent suggests a new type of system with a unique power of wirelessly charging. If this turns out to be true then users will be able to set up wireless charging transfers in a specific order as well. For example, individuals can choose which Apple product they want to charge first. The sequence that the user chooses will be followed by the other products accordingly.

The information revealed through the patent suggests that the system is going to be dependent upon Radio Frequency (RF) based long-range wireless charging system. It works on the same line as another wireless power developer Energous, which recently made the headlines.

The company was granted the consumer safety certification for its wireless charging technology by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). “The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a pair of patent applications from Apple that relates to wireless power transfers and a unique scheduling system,” a report by Gadgets 360 reads. “Apple’s patent notes that the system is configured to wirelessly transmit power over the wireless power transfer link,” the report added.

It is still unclear whether this system is equivalent to the “over-the-air” wireless transfer. Meanwhile, Apple along with wireless power developer Energous has been rumored to have collaborated on working towards wireless charging technology since back in 2014. This isn’t the first time that Apple’s intention of bringing about a newer innovation in the market has been made clear. Earlier in November, the company filed for another patent which was a foldable device that could “open and close like a book.”

“An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded,” said a patent application published by The US Patent and Trademark Office.

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