You heard that right! Apple is reportedly developing a self-charging MacBook that also keeps your iPhone charged.
Apple has recently filed a pair of patents, in which wireless charging from MacBooks can be seen. This would allow Apple users to charge their phones or Apple Watches just by placing it on their MacBook.
The patent reveals why Apple finds a wireless charging function to be beneficial, ‘Some electronic devices include one or more rechargeable batteries that may require external power to recharge… However, despite having standardized connectors and cable, each device may require a separate or dedicated power supply to charge. In some cases, having separate power supplies for each device may be burdensome to use, store, and/or transport.’
In effect, Apple wants to resolve this issue, but as for precisely how – it’s still unclear. Nonetheless, they provided the following statement:
‘A portable electronic device comprising: an enclosure forming a back surface of the portable electronic device; a display coupled to the enclosure and forming a front surface of the portable electronic device that is opposite from the back surface of the portable electronic device; a battery within the enclosure and providing electrical power to the display and a transmit inductive coil positioned within the enclosure and between the display and the back surface of the enclosure, the transmit inductive coil being configured to wirelessly transmit power through the back surface of the enclosure to an external device that is positioned proximate to the back surface of the enclosure.’
It continued, ‘This transmission of power may increase a charge of a battery of the electronic device receiving the power, while simultaneously decreasing the charge of a battery transmitting the power. The inductive coils of the electronic devices capable of transmitting power to external electronic devices may allow for the charging of the battery of an electronic device using only another electronic device. As such, only a single power cord or no power cords may be needed to charge one or more of a group of devices that include electrically communicative inductive coils.’
Basically, Apple plans on focusing on inductive coils to deliver this technology and if they manage, then Apple users may be talking more than just the M1 chip in upcoming products!