“A newly-published patent application may suggest some of Apple’s plans for Intel’s Light Peak technology,” Electronista reports. “Originally submitted in July, the document is titled Power Adapters For Powering And/Or Charging Peripheral Devices. ‘More particularly,’ Apple notes, ‘the present invention relates to improved techniques for powering and/or charging peripheral devices through a data transmission line.'”
Electronista reports, “Adapters using Apple’s concept would work ‘without requiring any additional cables or connectors,”‘ and power a peripheral ‘without requiring a host, peripheral or hub to remain powered on.’ More significantly, the patent mentions that devices would be able to ‘operate on buses that do not supply power.’ The wording is believed to refer to an optical connection type such as Light Peak.”
More info, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.