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Apple AirPower plans detailed in new patent


Apple’s AirPower charging mat may still be unavailable, but a new patent has shed some light on how the device will work to protect user data and charge up compatible products.

Concerns were raised when AirPower was first launched in 2017 that it could be hacked into, with iPhone and Apple Watch data susceptible to attack.

Now though, Apple has revealed that a special unique ID will be used when AirPower is transmitting charging information to an iPhone placed on top of it. This is designed to stop any ‘malicious snooping’ of a user’s smartphone.

Elsewhere, the patent application shows how AirPower can work out the device with the largest screen being charged to deliver status on smaller products drawing power such as AirPods and Apple Watch.

Apple also seems to suggest that AirPower will use other wireless charging standards as well as the Qi platform. The patent makes express mention of Power Matters Alliance tech.

Sadly, there’s no mention of when AirPower will be out. Reports earlier this year claimed the product was prone to overheating and struggled to charge multiple devices at the same time.

Apple first unveiled AirPower alongside the iPhone X in September 2017.



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