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Apple patent suggests next-gen inductive charging

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
News Categories: Apple

Apple has applied for a patent on an inductive charging mat that could perform different functions based on the physical orientation of devices on top of the mat. The application notes that functions such as charging, data transfer, data synchronization, and diagnostic checking could be performed depending on how a device rests on the mat. For instance, an iPhone facing down on the mat could sync, while an iPhone facing up could charge. Physical orientation wouldn’t be limited to face-up or face-down — devices placed sideways or facing specific directions could also activate functions.


The inductive mat could also alert the user to what’s been activated using sounds, vibrations, or on-screen indications, as well as connecting wirelessly to other devices. [via Apple Insider]

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Ummm… the iPhone 5 has a metal back.  For the same reason it couldn’t have an NFC chip it can’t have inductive charging through that metal back either.  It could of course charge face DOWN through the glass maybe…

Posted by Fanfoot on September 27, 2012 at 10:45 PM (PDT)

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