Apple looks to patent inductive charging system that could power an Apple Pencil or even a future kitchen appliance

“Apple’s engineering teams have been researching and developing various inductive charging systems for some time now,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another one of Apple’s inductive charging and because of that we’ve now opened a new ‘Inductive, Wireless Charging’ archive to better keep track of Apple’s work going forward,” Purcher reports. “The archive covers multiple styled charging pads, coils, docks and beyond.”

“The most important work on a wireless charging system dates back to 2012 when Apple introduced us to a Near Field Magnetic Resonance Power system,” Purcher reports. “In contrast Apple’s weirdest inductive charging invention involved a strange-looking charging tower. Today’s invention covers an inductive charging dock that could be used for an Apple Pencil as well as other future devices including a kitchen appliance.”

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

MacDailyNews Take: Apple certainly got inductive charging right with Apple Watch, so hopes are high for future implementations.


  1. It should be doing so now. There is just no way that device deserved having the pencil charge the way it is charging now. Production in that form was a bad decision.Worst will now be an induction charging pencil for 199, 249… whatever. The pencil should come with the pad anyway. how could anyone in upper management plug that pencil in for charging and not see that was a bad look and a problem with space. plugged in, that pad on a desk, the pen sticks you in the stomach or chest.
    Where is Forestal? Weird hair cut but maybe his vision is better.

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