In an interview with AllThingsD after the iPhone 5's Special Event held in September, Phil Schiller stated to Ina Fried that "wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it's not clear how much convenience they add." Schiller added "Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated." Obviously Schiller was fully aware of the wireless charging system that the Crazy Ones in Cupertino were developing and today the US Patent Office published the patent application behind Apple's future charging system that could charge an entire virtual charging area worth of devices at one time without the need of a charging pad of any kind. The catch is that you'll have to purchase a next generation iMac with upgraded peripherals for it to work.
Apple's Future Wireless Charging System
Apple's exciting new invention will provide a system and method for utilizing wireless near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power transmission in a computing environment.
The Virtual Charging Area
Apple states that their patent covers methods, systems, and apparatus for interacting between a plurality of peripheral devices receiving power wirelessly from a wireless power supply. In one embodiment, a virtual charging area could be created. The virtual charging area will be able to extend to about one meter (3 feet) from a central station that incorporates a NFMR power supply.
The virtual charging shown in patent FIG. 2 Below, illustrates an area that could define a region in which suitably configured peripheral devices, such as a mouse, keyboard, and so on could receive power by way of a NFMR channel formed between the NFRM power supply and a NFMR resonator circuit included in the peripheral device. In this way, when both the NFMR power supply and the NFMR resonator circuit are tuned to each other, then useable power could be transferred over a power conduction channel formed between the two resonant devices.
After several attempts at developing an inductive charging pad, Apple may have hit gold with their new wireless charging system based on near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) technology. Phil Schiller's commentary back in September all but confirms that Apple is focused on this latest design.
Other Key Apple Patent Figures Related to their New NFMR Wireless Charging System
For more details on Apple's latest invention, see patent application 20120303980 was filed by inventors Michael Culbert, Brett Bilbrey, David Simon and Peter Arnold in May 2012.
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