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Among Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) closely guarded surprises about the new iPhone, there could finally be the long-rumored wireless charging option. Apple is already expected to unveil a smaller, redesigned dock connector with the next-generation iPhone this fall, but word is the company may even include the new charging system.
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Last year, Apple had filed a patent for a new method of inductive charging that could be used in various Apple devices. According to Patently Apple, the docking station the company talks about in its application includes an “eradiating antenna and an inductive charging circuit for inductively charging a handheld device.”
According to the report, Apple’s patent describes a separate docking station that will be used to charge the phone. “While the dock housing is shown to receive the handheld device in an upright position, other dock housing configurations for receiving the handheld device along its other sides are also possible. The dock housing is further configured to enable charging the battery of the handheld device through an inductive charge coupling mechanism, and to also provide improved wireless communication by integrating the reradiating antenna as shown,” Patently Apple writes.
Apple, though, won’t be the first one to include wireless charging. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is expected to release a separate charging unit in fall, nearly four months after the launch of its new flagship device. The charging pad is said to use magnetic resonance, or inductive charging, to re-power the device. Hewlett-Packard’s (NYSE:HPQ) now-defunct Palm Pre range also included similar technology.
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