Apple files 5th wireless inductive charging patent application since Late September

“Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s fifth inductive charging patent application showing yet another approach that their engineering team is working on,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “While only time will tell which method Apple will finally choose for a future standalone inductive charger, the intensity of research shows us that it’s clearly a priority project.”

“We noted in a report last week that Phil Schiller revealed that ‘When we look at creating each new product, one of the great things about the process is the product teams are free to re-imagine a product any way that would make it better. They’re not tied to a schedule, to force it into a specific time window, not tied to past definitions of the product,'” Purcher reports. “Schiller’s point resonates in this patent application that acknowledges the current problems with inductive charging and how Apple is working to overcome them.”

Purcher reports, “In the big picture, Apple’s invention covers methods and systems for automatically aligning a power-transmitting inductor with a power-receiving inductor.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As with Touch ID, Apple Pay, and 3D Touch, this is the sort of thing Apple won’t release until they get it very right.

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