A new Apple patent published Thursday outlines an iPad cover that would wirelessly charge your iPad.
U.S. patent application no. 20130063873 details a wireless inductive charging solution that would finally warrant the term smart cover. The smart cover would itself include an inductive charging element and a battery, acting as a seamless charging case/apparatus.
Current inductive charging solutions aren’t nearly as “invisible” and involve physical stands you must set the device on, aren’t technically wireless, and definitely are not portable.
“Although a variety of standards have been developed for providing wireless communication with electronic devices, these devices continue to be plagued with a need for corded power supplies. These cords are a burden to use, store and carrying around as needed. Cords can be unsightly and substantially hinder portable device mobility.” — Apple Patent Description