Apple is experimenting with wireless charging technology that could be used with future iOS devices. The company’s interest is mapped out in a new patent application, entitled “Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment,” according to AppleInsider.
The patent, which was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, describes a system that would rely on “near-field magnetic resonance” to provide power to nearby devices. In doing so, Apple could eliminate the need for “unwieldy” existing chargers that must be plugged into the wall.
This isn’t the first time Apple has explored wireless charging. In June, the company was granted a patent for an inductive charging system. Both systems require a separate accessory to power the devices wirelessly.
There is no word on when, or if, the next generation iPhone or iPad will include either system, or a combination of the two. However, I’m confident it would prove quite popular. Imagine never having to plug in your iOS device each night to charge!