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Apple patents future MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches to use wireless charging!

MacBook Patent with three different wireless charging areas (Source: Apple)

Apple has two patented designs for its future MacBooks which characterizes adding two-way wireless charger (via 9to5Mac). The patents spotted by Patently Apple shows drawings that show a MacBook charging various devices, including an iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, as well as sketches of iPads and iPhones doing the same.

We have seen Samsung and Huawei doing the same by having a similar reverse wireless charging technology. Apple’s take is a little different. According to the patent images, a MacBook’s lid, palm rest, or trackpad could be used to charge a wireless charging-compatible iOS device. It's still not sure whether this wireless charging area can charge other Android devices. But if it's using a Qi wireless charging than the possibilities of charger other brand devices is quite high.

iPad, iPhones and Apple Watched with wireless charging (Source: Apple)

The patents claim to solve is the amounts of not enough outlets, power bricks, or any electricity at all. The patents state that “despite having standardized connectors and cable[s], each device may require a separate or dedicated power supply to charge. In some cases, having separate power supplies for each device may be burdensome to use, store, and/or transport.”

Another useful time of this patent is, if you’re away from a charger and your Apple Watch or AirPods die, it’d be useful to be able to top them up with your phone. Likewise, being able to charge your phone from your laptop would be useful.

It is clear now that, Apple is truly heading toward a portless iPhone, this type of tech could be a way to retain that functionality.

Right now, MacBooks and iPads are made of aluminium, which isn’t compatible with wireless charging. If Apple wants to include this reverse wireless charging tech in its devices, it’ll have to design around that limitation. Designing a MacBook Pro in glass would be illogical as it sound, maybe it's time for a plastic or "glastic" Apple MacBook designs.

Let us know what you think about this latest patents from Apple.

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