“On April 02, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new inductive charging interfaces with magnetic retention for electronic devices and accessories,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“To date, Apple has filed a for a patent regarding ‘Wireless charging via Near Field Magnetic Resonance,’ while implementing USB Type-C on their new MacBook for faster charging,” Purcher reports. “Today’s patent makes the case that adding wireless charging to thinner iDevices may not be the way to go in the future.”

“In one way, Apple’s patent appears to advance MagSafe. The problem however is that the European Commission has given Apple until 2017 to implement a common USB solution for charging mobile devices which USB Type-C delivers,” Purcher reports. “Whether this could be integrated into a future version of USB is unknown at this time.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

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