Future iPhones and iPads may be equipped with inductive charging through the display
Apple has been moving towards completely wireless devices for a long time, and MagSafe may be the reason for this claim. At the time of the introduction of the iPhone 12 family, the giant of the technology world unveiled the MagSafe charger, which uses the magnets used on the back of the new iPhones to wirelessly connect to the phone and charge it. Since then, there has been evidence that Apple has a broader vision for creating a wireless charging ecosystem. Now, a patent has become the media that reveals Apple’s roadmap for switching to inductive charging through the display of future iPhones and iPads. “Through the display” describes a system that could enable future iPhones to charge accessories through their display glass. The aforementioned patent details mechanisms and methods that can be used to charge multiple products wirelessly using a nearby device. In other words, the mentioned invention shows how devices such as Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad and MacBook can benefit from a single ecosystem for wireless charging by interacting with each other.
Based on the images used in the patent file, Wireless charging may occupy only a part of the screen for the charging process of other products and other parts remain usable. Naturally, wearable accessories must also support wireless charging in order to be charged through said feature and technology.
In general, if Apple incorporates this patent into its iPhones and iPads, they may be able to charge other phones, Charge watches or smart pens. By mastering Apple’s previous patents, the company can consider different types of implementations for wireless charging from one device to another. For example, even the door of a MacBook can include a set of upward-facing inductive coils that allow devices to charge by being placed on top of it. Coils can also be placed on the MacBook display and floor supports.
Apple’s proposed strategy appears to include precisely positioned inductive charging coils in each portable device. For example, in the patent, Apple describes how coils could be placed along the front and back of the iPad, allowing the iPad to charge itself through another device equipped with side coils while transferring the charge. In simpler terms, the iPad can be charged wirelessly and charge a device at the same time.
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Apple has also included a series of software integrations for the device-to-device wireless charging system. When a smaller device such as the Apple Watch is placed on the screen of a larger device such as an iPad, the iPad’s display can show its level status and charge percentage. Another ingenious software integration suggests that if there is an obstruction on the iPad’s display while the iPhone is charging, the iPad’s user interface can be set to only display content on the unobstructed part of the screen.
Currently, inductive charging with The use of MagSafe is limited only to the iPhone 12 and 13 family; But if Apple integrates the proposed technology, it will create a wireless charging ecosystem across all of its portable devices. The inductive charging system from device to device seems practical and helps Apple create a wide range of charging methods for its products; But it’s not clear how Apple can overcome thermal problems or other unavoidable limitations.
Apple files countless patents every week. Patents represent the desired topics of companies’ research and development units; But it does not guarantee its provision in the future product or service. Naturally, this also applies to many patents related to iPhone and iPad.