Apple may be developing a wireless charging station for the iPhone 5, illustrations in a latest patent application reveal.
The Cupertino-based giant has been granted 27 new patents by the US Patents & Trademark Office (USPTO), among them a dock of some description that features ‘inductive charging circuits’, which may very well mean it is capable of charging your iPhone without plugging anything in.
The filing appears to corroborate numerous alleged leaks hinting that Apple might do away with the 30-pin dock connector in iOS devices in favour of a smaller 19-pin port. If the iPhone 5 supports wireless charging, it might not need as many pins for charging, if any is required at all. Although it might render existing chargers incompatible, which doesn’t sound so good to us.
Another interesting aspect of the dock is the presence of a ‘reradiating antenna’, which suggests the device could also be used to enhance wireless signals, possibly allowing a stronger Wi-Fi connection and even improved call quality.
Of course, there’s no guarantee if the patent will ever translate to a real product. Most patents are stashed away never to materialise. However, we are hopeful that this time it just might, as Apple will surely want to release a challenger to Samsung’s upcoming wireless charging dock for the Galaxy S3.
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