Future iPhones May Be Able to Wirelessly Charge AirPods, Apple Pencil Through the Display

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While Apple has reintroduced its magnetic wireless charging technology, MagSafe, with the iPhone 12 series, the company has yet to start supporting reverse wireless charging for its accessories, though reports suggested it would this year. However, it now appears that the Cupertino giant is looking to put a spin on reverse wireless charging technology with future iPhones or iPads. It is intended to allow users to charge their accessories via wireless charging technology through the display.

Future iPhones can charge AirPods wirelessly, Apple Pencil via their display

Apple Through-Display Wireless Charging Patent

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A patent Filed in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by Apple, it describes a new wireless charging system for iPhones that allows users to wirelessly charge their accessories such as the Apple Watch or AirPods through the device’s display. titled “Through-Display Wireless Charging”, the patent was filed in March 2021 and was published late last year. It suggests turn the iPhone screen into a wireless charging surface for accessories.

While the patent provides vague descriptions of how the entire wireless charging-by-display technology works, the accompanying drawings suggest that a certain area of ​​the screen could be used for wireless charging. Therefore, the specific area of ​​the screen may not be able to display content while the function is enabled.

“A configuration may include a tablet computer or smartphone configured to wirelessly charge a stylus or other accessory on a face of the personal electronic device, for example through a display of the personal electronic device”, reads the patent.

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While details about the technology are unclear at this point, the fact remains that future iPhone or iPad users may be able to charge their Apple Pencil, AirPods or Apple Watch by placing them on top of the smartphone or tablet screen. This can be useful in certain situations.

Nevertheless, we’ll have to see how the technology works in the real world if and when Apple releases it to the commercial market. However, as is the case with other Apple patents, this one may not see the light of day in the commercial market either. We therefore recommend that you take this information with a grain of salt.

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