A new Apple patent has surfaced over the past few days, which showcases a new form of wireless charging. The new design, as detailed by the Apple patent, suggests mounting a wireless charging pad below a device’s display — thereby turning a part of the display itself into a wireless charging unit. Such a setup may make charging of compatible accessories, such as Apple’s own Watch, AirPods or the Pencil stylus, a more convenient affair.
The description of the Apple patent reads, “Personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablet computers, and even laptop computers may be used in conjunction with accessories such as smart watches, wireless earphones/earbuds, styluses, and the like. In at least some applications, it may be desirable for personal electronic devices to provide the capability to charge associated accessories. In some embodiments, such charging may be provided by a wired connection between the personal electronic device and the accessory. In other embodiments, such charging may be provided by a wireless connection between the personal electronic device and the accessory.”
Such a mechanism would solve a long-standing factor for which wireless charging hasn’t exactly become ubiquitous — convenience. The only real advantage that wireless charging holds above the more conventional wired charging is the convenience of simply placing your device on a surface and charging it up. This removes the roadblock of trying to plug in the charging adapter in the right designated spot, and therefore, eases the user experience.
While some smartphones already offer reverse wireless charging, this too is not entirely intuitive as it needs the user to keep their phone with the display turned downward. This means that the smartphone remains unusable when it’s being used to wirelessly charge another. The Apple patent states that users would be able to have a section of their display remain usable to receive notifications, thereby further improving the user experience while using wireless charging to spruce up, say, a pair of AirPods — while on the move.