“On Tuesday, Apple received two patents related to wireless power,” Elise Ackerman reports for Forbes. “The patents, which researchers filed more than two years ago, describe a system that would let you power up your mouse, keyboard and possibly iPhone, iWatch, etc. simply by plugging your Macbook Air into a power supply.”
“The idea is that the computer would create ‘a charging region’ that would transfer wireless power ‘to any number of suitably configured devices,'” Ackerman reports. “The technical term for this is near field magnetic resonance or NFMR. It would include an area about one meter wide.”
“Today, if you’re eager to try out wireless charging, you can buy a Duracell Powermat charging case for your iPhone and top off your battery at a nearby Starbucks,” Ackerman reports. “But wireless charging has yet to catch on widely, and that’s why Apple’s new patents are so important. If Apple includes wireless charging capabilities in the next generation of its devices (as is rumored), there’s a high probability other manufacturers will follow suit.”
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