Apple Patent Speaks of Programmable Magnets

January 30, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Opposite poles attract, Apple might be thinking. Patently Apple has discovered an Apple patent application which describes the use of coded magnets that are able to transfer data between devices and opening up a whole new world of possibilities.

Yes, magnets can do more than just hold together. For instance, the magnets in the MagSafe connector can also communicate about what is being connected.

Ah yes, a single port can be used to connect multiple devices. The patent application also describes possible uses for coded magnets involving new methods to securely pair accessories like a stylus to devices such as an iPad.

Also, the stylus could have programmable magnets in its tip, which means we are looking at new possibilities of data transfer and user interface.
There’s more to the invention: New ways to secure data to magnetic ID recognition, improving the cooling systems of electronic devices, and all kinds of new haptic feedback effects.

Wouldn’t it be cool if the on-screen keyboard on your iPad subtly swelled or vibrated while typing to simulate the feel of using a physical keyboard. That’s what we are speaking about.

Apple also speaks of using magnetic fields for inductive wireless charging in another patent. Too cool to remain just a patent. What say?

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