Apple Wireless Charging System Revealed in Patent Application

June 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We think this is splendid. Apple has pushed forward an innovation via their latest patent application. Titled “Wireless power utilization in a local computing environment” the patent explains a modus operandi through which computers, such as iMac or MacBook, could charge a device like the iPhone.


The only demand in this case is that the device should be put within three feet of the computer. The secret technology behind the invention is the NFMR (Near Field Magnetic Resonance) power transmission.

The NFMR power supply technology can be integrated into iMacs and MacBook Pros to create a one-meter zone in which the peripherals such as mice, keyboards, iPods, iPhones, and iPads can be charged wirelessly.

Now that iOS devices are being synchronized wirelessly, users could also think about cutting the cords that make their living rooms messy. The second advantage of NFMR power charging goes beyond the iOS devices.

If the system succeeds, you can also stop worrying about replacing the batteries in Apple’s Wireless Keyboards or Magic Mouse. Considering the low power requirements of these peripherals, if Apple does employ the NFMR power transmission in future, the chances of it coming to them is way higher. The only addition needed would be a tiny coupling antenna.

However, as of now, this is only a patent application and there are no confirmed reports of such a technology being realized in Apple’s product line. What are your expectations? Wouldn’t this be a revolutionary innovation? Tell us your views.

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