An intriguing Apple patent utility printed yesterday reveals a MagSafe battery case which cannot solely cost an iPhone, but additionally a pair of AirPods. It follows Apple repurposing the MagSafe branding for the wi-fi charging system launched within the iPhone 12 lineup.
The folio case design included an embedded battery …
The applying, first filed in August of final 12 months however solely published yesterday, is after all written within the normal very normal language used for patents.
Accent units for moveable digital units are herein described. An adjunct gadget might embrace a receptacle used to obtain and carry an digital gadget. Additional, the accent gadget might embrace a canopy that’s pivotally coupled to the receptacle. The duvet is designed to guard a entrance floor of the digital gadget, together with a canopy glass. The accent gadget might additional embrace an influence provide (resembling a battery) that’s positioned on the duvet. The facility provide is designed to offer energy to the digital gadget, and subsequently cost a battery of the digital gadget. The facility provide may present energy to completely different units. On this regard, the accent gadget might embrace an inductive charging coil that may inductively cost a battery of a tool positioned on the accent gadget. The inductive charging coil might be built-in into the receptacle or the duvet.
One illustration reveals one thing much like the present Smart Battery Case, feeding energy to the iPhone by way of the Lightning port. One other seems to point wi-fi charging by way of MagSafe.
Two of the patent illustrations clearly present AirPods holders connected to the case. This is perhaps an integral a part of a case, or might connect magnetically.
One illustration reveals a holder connected to the entrance of the case (above), whereas one other reveals it on the facet.
It’s after all not recognized whether or not Apple will carry the product to market. As we at all times warning, the corporate patents plenty of concepts that by no means see the sunshine of day. Nonetheless, I may definitely see a whole MagSafe ecosystem bobbing up, and this one seems to be to me like it could be extraordinarily common.
Apple famously doesn’t give away lots of its plans prematurely. Certainly, one case the place the corporate broke its own rule, AirPower, ended up going horribly wrong. So we are able to anticipate the iPhone maker to stay much more tight-lipped sooner or later.
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