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03-14-2013, 03:43 PM #1
New Patent Outlines Charging iPad Smartcover
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
03-14-2013, 05:02 PM #2
That'd be kinda heavy I would think?
Speaking of iPad battery charging... I recently bought an iPad 4 for my kid and as I understand it, USB ports won't charge the battery.. But I've found that even though this is the case.. and it says "not charging" while plugged into a PC... a number of times now I have left it plugged in for a while and found it at 100% when I've unplugged it... despite being at like 70 or 80% when I plugged it in..?
Anyone else found this? Or am I bonkers?
03-14-2013, 05:05 PM #3
I don't see the point of making it wireless... Why not make each section of the smart cover a battery so they don't need to invent some kind of flexible battery, and instead of using "Wireless Charging," why not just make contact point on the side of the iPad and on the smart covers magnet strip? This would also fix the issue of having an antenna breaking due to constant flexing of the cover.
03-14-2013, 05:25 PM #4
03-14-2013, 07:15 PM #5
What about an otter box type case with solar panels on back. Set my iphone face down. Charges battery.
Can i say that
03-14-2013, 08:13 PM #6
*this theory is based on being ripped off by a 10 watt charger that "claims" to charge iPhone and iPad at the SAME TIME (if you want to charge both you are required a min of 15 watts.
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03-15-2013, 11:25 PM #7