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The primary charging technology discussed in a patent by Apple is inductive charging, which is a wireless form of charging that uses electromagnetic fields and wire coils to power or recharge devices. While inductive charging isn’t new, Apple’s use of it would be.
Apple seems to be looking at putting the technology into its iPad covers and iPads while also putting batteries into the iPad covers. This would allow the battery power to transfer to the iPad without the need for any wires. Magnets in the case and iPad would allow them to align for maximum efficiency.
The technology could later be implemented in the company’s popular iPhone series as well. Wireless charging would certainly make Apple’s products just that little bit more appealing — which the company needs more and more as competition grows.
Despite being wireless between the case and the iPad, the case will still need to get power from somewhere, and that would likely be from a wire. Although, the company did note potentially employing a solar cells in the case as well, which could make for a completely wireless and costless (excluding hardware purchases) charging solution.
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