The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 56 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's eighth and ninth granted patents for the AirPods rechargeable case (01 covering 5 patents, 02 and 03).
Apple's patent FIG. 2 above illustrates a simplified perspective view of an earbud case; FIG. 7 is a simplified block diagram depicting various components of an earbud case; and FIG. 8C illustrates different positional placements of earbud cases according to the present disclosure on charging pad / AirPower.
For more details, see Apple's granted patent 10,206,474 which was originally filed in Q3 2017 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Apple's ninth granted patent was also published today under number 10,212,506 titled "Case with Magnetic Over-Center Mechanism."
On February 6th Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung's Galaxy S10 is likely to Introduce Wireless Reverse Charging that could recharge their Wireless Earbuds."
Beyond AirPower for the home, Apple has patented wireless reverse charging that we covered in a report posted just yesterday, that will allow users to recharge their Apple Watch, iPhone and iPad on the closed lid of a future MacBook Pro when on the go. A recent rumor claims Apple will introduce this patented concept for the 2019 iPhone.