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September 20, 2012

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The main downside, I think, to inductive charging, aside from extra bulk in the phone & lack of charging pads on the go is that you can't easily use the phone when its charging as it has to remain lying on the pad to get a good current. When charging pads are ubiquitous it would make sense, but I'd still want a wired option as well.

Further, an induction charger requires the iPhone and iPad become thicker to accommodate the internal charger or for the devices to have an external case to contain the charger.

With Apple's solution:
1. Some wall electrical sockets - such as from OWComptuing - already have USB charging ports. Thus you only need a slim portable cord to charge your device.

Sorry but that is a lot to carry around. It is a non-portable solution since it is so heavy. And you can't even sync to the Mac with it.

Apple's solution is better:
1. 4 highly portable cords
2. Either connect the cords to the Mac or use 4 small power blocks that you connect to the wall.

With Apple's solution, you can synchronize to the Mac AND charge your device at the same time. And it is a highly portable solution.

If the patent examiner has even a shred of integrity this patent application is DOA.

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