Apple Files Patent For Technology That Could Charge Your Phone Via Wi-Fi
One of the best features of the Galaxy S8 is the wireless charging. The ability to charge your phone without plugging it into an outlet is a great convenience. Unfortunately, the concept isn’t as great in execution as it still requires an outlet and charging pad. However, that may change within the coming years. It’s been reported that Apple has filed a patent for technology that would allow you to charge your phone via Wi-Fi.
The system described in the patent would make use of the same Wi-Fi signals that are currently used to transfer data. Apple’s device would allow users to power their phones simply by connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
The patent would make use of special circuits that would boost the power of a router which would then be picked up by a special receiver built into the iPhone. From there, that power would then be transferred to the battery.
In order to ensure accuracy, the technology may make use of beam steering which is a technology Apple has used in the past. They’ve since abandoned the technology, but this patent may inspire them to bring it back.
Of course, as neat as this concept is, it isn’t brand new. A research team at the University of Washington demonstrated this idea back in 2015 and Disney has even experimented with tech that could charge your devices without relying on Wi-Fi. That being said, the Disney tech is far from being ready for commercial use and requires the use of rather ugly aluminum paneling.
Assuming no one beats them to the punch, Apple could be the first company to produce a consumer-oriented version of this technology. In a time where many people are questioning Apple’s innovation, this could go a long way to restoring public faith in the company.
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