Pretty soon, Apple's iOS devices may not need charging cables. Wireless power, here we come – assuming that Apple doesn't sit on this patent.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded Apple 27 new patents on Tuesday, but one in particular suggests the company is moving toward a relatively underused technology – wireless charging stations.
Simply deemed “Antenna insert,” patent number 8,207,906 gives Apple exclusive rights an inductive charging dock, which hypothetically allows iPhone users to wirelessly charge their devices on docking stations with reradiating antennas and unique circuit connectors.
“The one or more reradiating antennas are configured to wirelessly couple to the internal antenna in the portable electronic device,” the patient filing states, “and reradiate RF signals transmitted from and received by the internal antenna in absence of wired connectivity.”
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The charging dock would allow users to charge devices with different styles and functions, including phones and media players.