In late November 2012 we discovered Apple's first patent application for a future wireless charging system. Then in September of this year Apple revealed a follow-up patent filing about their new system in depth. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent for their next generation wireless charging system along with a design patent for their ultra-sexy cylindrical Mac Pro Tower.
Apple Granted Patent for Wireless Charging System
Apple has been granted a patent today for their invention that relates to a system, method, and apparatus for wirelessly providing power from a wireless power supply to any of a plurality of peripheral devices.
Generally the patent relates to techniques and apparatus for providing useful amounts of power wirelessly to devices within a wireless charging environment. In one embodiment, the wireless charging environment can include various computing devices along the lines of a desktop computer, a laptop computer, net book computer, tablet computer, etc. In some cases, a wireless power supply will be able to be used to provide power wirelessly to various electronic devices such as and iPhone that includes a portable power supply for mobile operation.
Apple's patent reveals that their new system may use a near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power supply hidden within an iMac or future Mac Pro.
Apple credits Brett Bilbrey, Michael Culbert, Peter Arnold, David Simon, Mushtaq Sarwar and former Apple engineer Richard DeVaul as the inventors of this granted patent which was originally filed in Q2 2012 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office. To review today's 21 granted patent claims and details, see Apple's patent 8,598,747.
Apple Granted Three Design Patents Today
Apple has been granted three design patents today covering the ultra-sexy Mac Pro that's made in California along with one for Apple TV and another for the third generation iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular.
For the all new Mac Pro, Apple credits VP Industrial Design Jonathan Ive and team members Jody Akana, Bartley Andre, Shota Aoyagi, Jeremy Bataillou, Daniel Coster, Daniele De Iuliis, Evans Hankey, Julian Hoening, Richard Howarth, Duncan Kerr, Matthew Dean Rohrbach, Peter Russell-Clarke, Mikael Silvanto, Christopher Stringer, Eugene Whang and Rico Zorkendorfer as the inventors of Granted Patent D694,746 which was originally filed for in June 2013.
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