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  • Future iMac’s May Recharge iPhone Wirelessly According to New Patent


    A newly discovered patent indicates that Apple is researching wireless charging technology for portable devices like the iPhone. The patent outlines a plan where a host computer such as an iMac, could charge a wireless device like an iPhone when placed within a one-meter radius of the computer.

    The patent is titled, “Wireless Power Utilization In A Local Computing Environment” and goes on to describe “near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power supply arranged to wirelessly provide power to any of a number of suitably configured devices.”

    Over the last few years, Apple has slowly been phasing out the cable in favor of a more wireless working environment. Apple now ships new Macs with wireless keyboards and mice. With the release of iOS 5, Apple will usher in a whole new era of wireless syncing with iCloud. The only cable remaining to be cut, it would seem, is the power cable. This technology could also be used to power peripherals such as Apple’s wireless keyboards and mice.

    If Apple continues to describe all new products as “Magical,” then how will they top themselves in the future? By introducing new iDevices that simply need to be in range of a desktop computer to recharge. That would certainly qualify as a magical feature to the majority of the world.

    It’s important to remember, however, that Apple patents new technology all the time, and most of it never makes it out of the lab. Wireless recharging technology will most likely be a reality at some point in the future. Whether or not it’s Apple that brings it to the masses is anyone’s guess at the moment. Hopefully, by the time the iPhone 9 and iPad 7 are ready to go, wireless recharging technology will be the hot new feature that everyone will want to get their hands on.

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Future iMac’s May Recharge iPhone Wirelessly According to New Patent started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. zani1972's Avatar
      zani1972 -
      well i think Nikola Tesla had that once wireless power
    1. droop4's Avatar
      droop4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zani1972 View Post
      well i think Nikola Tesla had that once wireless power
      Well, "wireless" charging is somewhat out there in the sense of induction charging, however if apple uses this technology, be sure that it'll be a huge hit, and everyone will follow suit.
    1. GTRagnarok's Avatar
      GTRagnarok -
      Practical wireless power is one of the holy grails of technology. I'll welcome it anytime, but I'm not optimistic about seeing it in the near future.
    1. Turnamental's Avatar
      Turnamental -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post
      Practical wireless power is one of the holy grails of technology. I'll welcome it anytime, but I'm not optimistic about seeing it in the near future.
      It's how every lamp in the house will be run one day. I thought about this years ago and whoever gets there first will be uber rich...
    1. Niruban's Avatar
      Niruban -
      Wikid!!
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post
      Practical wireless power is one of the holy grails of technology. I'll welcome it anytime, but I'm not optimistic about seeing it in the near future.
      WiTricity Corp. Home ? Wireless Electricity Delivered Over Distance

      Can't wait for mass adoption of wireless power... of course we'll get it and then in 7 years the Swedish will tell us it's giving us all brain cancer...

      I'd love to get rid of all cables! First network, next power... why can't we sync over BT or something else yet?
    1. clockworkengine's Avatar
      clockworkengine -
      Anyone up for some cancer?
    1. fmbar00's Avatar
      fmbar00 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post
      Practical wireless power is one of the holy grails of technology. I'll welcome it anytime, but I'm not optimistic about seeing it in the near future.
      I don't think it'll take more than five years to appear, it could take more to be adopted by mass production of commum devices, but yesterday I saw something similar to this but it is related to the company that is creating this tecnology, source is a brazilian website where I use to download and check for news ( Nova tecnologia Wi-Fi dispensa o uso de baterias )

      but you can check the article by google translator in here ( Google Translate )
    1. fbiryujin's Avatar
      fbiryujin -
      Quote Originally Posted by clockworkengine View Post
      Anyone up for some cancer?
      I thought I was going to be the first one to post a "downer dinosaur" line about cancer, and wireless power. We also need to worry about stray wireless power signals manifesting in nearby metals (re: metal in the microwave) and starting fires.
    1. Lamborghini615's Avatar
      Lamborghini615 -
      This seems like a very cool new feature that Apple may be thinking of but something that comes into my mind is that how much radiation will be blasted at us as we use the iMac? This seems deadly to me... Just saying...
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by droop4 View Post
      Well, "wireless" charging is somewhat out there in the sense of induction charging, however if apple uses this technology, be sure that it'll be a huge hit, and everyone will follow suit.
      Quote Originally Posted by GTRagnarok View Post
      Practical wireless power is one of the holy grails of technology. I'll welcome it anytime, but I'm not optimistic about seeing it in the near future.
      Totally agree.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      What cancer is Apple also patent?
    1. slickric's Avatar
      slickric -
      Quote Originally Posted by fbiryujin View Post
      I thought I was going to be the first one to post a "downer dinosaur" line about cancer, and wireless power. We also need to worry about stray wireless power signals manifesting in nearby metals (re: metal in the microwave) and starting fires.
      wow, i didn't think that deeply into it but i was thinking about the possibility of getting an electric shock each time i pick up the phone or touch the magic track pad etc... loving the idea - say goodbye to batterys for the magic mouse!
    1. Soulr3nder's Avatar
      Soulr3nder -
      LOL wtf.
    1. bignighttrain's Avatar
      bignighttrain -
      It's already here apples not the first to talk about wireless charging search the net and you'll see it's been here for years it's just making it safe for the consumer so it dosnt shock you or fry any electronics in range.