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article imageApple most likely working on wireless charging for peripherals

By Milton Este     Aug 6, 2014 in Technology
Wireless charging hasn't taken off with tremendous popularity. Well, not yet anyways, but the race to go wireless will be on very soon.
Some Samsung, Nokia, and Google smartphones are already equipped with wireless charging capabilities. However, it has yet to bring convenience as desired users must purchase a receiver and/ or a compatible wireless charging station.
While the current smartphones most likely use the Qi wireless charging standard, this market is just about to get more and more chaotic.
Samsung as part of the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) is working on their own Rezence magnetic resonance. Meanwhile, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) aims at improving the Qi standard and Google, along with Duracell and Starbucks, is working with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) to introduce their own standard in wireless charging.
In the end, this will only get more and more confusing with the various standards surfacing. A4WP has teamed up with PMA, but it looks like Apple, usually the most influential in introducing the next big thing, is working their own angle.
The US patent 8,796,885 filed on April 20, 2012, has been granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday. The patent details describe a way of using wireless near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) to transmit power in a computing environment.
Interesting that Apple is also working on magnetic resonance as this would put existing Qi adopters and the WPC in a tough spot. Unlike with Qi charging, Apple's patent details the ability to simultaneously charge several devices within a meter's range of the emitter.
The description covers computer systems where the peripherals, such as the mouse and keyboard. No doubt Apple will bring this capability to their best selling product yet - the iPhone.
IBTimes Australia takes it a step further and more definitely states that the upcoming iPhone 6 will feature a solar display for solar power charging. Unable to dig up any patent filings, this claim will mostly not be found on the upcoming iPhone 6.
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