• Future iMacís May Recharge iPhone Wirelessly According to New Patent



    A newly discovered patent indicates that Apple is researching wireless charging technology for portable devices like the iPhone. The patent outlines a plan where a host computer such as an iMac, could charge a wireless device like an iPhone when placed within a one-meter radius of the computer.

    The patent is titled, ďWireless Power Utilization In A Local Computing EnvironmentĒ and goes on to describe ďnear field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power supply arranged to wirelessly provide power to any of a number of suitably configured devices.Ē

    Over the last few years, Apple has slowly been phasing out the cable in favor of a more wireless working environment. Apple now ships new Macs with wireless keyboards and mice. With the release of iOS 5, Apple will usher in a whole new era of wireless syncing with iCloud. The only cable remaining to be cut, it would seem, is the power cable. This technology could also be used to power peripherals such as Appleís wireless keyboards and mice.

    If Apple continues to describe all new products as ďMagical,Ē then how will they top themselves in the future? By introducing new iDevices that simply need to be in range of a desktop computer to recharge. That would certainly qualify as a magical feature to the majority of the world.

    Itís important to remember, however, that Apple patents new technology all the time, and most of it never makes it out of the lab. Wireless recharging technology will most likely be a reality at some point in the future. Whether or not itís Apple that brings it to the masses is anyoneís guess at the moment. Hopefully, by the time the iPhone 9 and iPad 7 are ready to go, wireless recharging technology will be the hot new feature that everyone will want to get their hands on.

    Source: TUAW
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