Two new patents demonstrate wireless charging systems between different Apple devices. It is as if they were matrioskas, in which the MacBook notebook becomes capable of carrying equipment such as iPhones or the Apple Watch; but there are also schemes that a smartphone charges when placed on top of the tablet; and in turn the smartwatch on the iPhone.
All equipment can generate energy for the rest of the family according to the patents found in Patently Apple. Reverse charging technology has been explored by some Android smartphone manufacturers, but Apple seems to be heading in the other direction by adding functionality in different areas of your laptop, as shown in the image: from the MacBook cover, when it is closed , but also on the trackpad and the wrist rest base.
In the description of the patent, Apple states that it intends to reduce the number of chargers that users carry, whether for the laptop, smartphone or smartwatch, unifying and centralizing the charging from a single device. Obviously, the absence of a charger in the case of the new iPhones highlights the need for alternatives to power the equipment.
The functionality can be very practical especially for emergency situations, when, for example, the Apple Watch or AirPods run out of power; a small backrest can keep the equipment running without the need to load it with its cables.
However, experts say that for the patent to materialize in products, the manufacturing materials of MacBooks and iPads would have to change, as the aluminum used is not compatible with wireless charging.
Recall that there are rumors that some models of the next generation of Apple smartphones, the iPhone 13, may be completely wireless. The MagSafe technology introduced in the latest equipment, which allows you to charge the battery via wireless, may have been the ultimate experience for a completely cordless device. Some of the models of the iPhone 13 generation may be launched entirely wirelessly, supported by MagSafe technology for charging, eliminating the USB-C or Thunderbolt ports, which are currently standard. This wireless charging strategy from the MacBook gains even more relevance.