NEW APPLE PATENT HINTS AT CHARGING YOUR PHONE OVER WI-FI ONE DAY

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As enchanting as it may sound,A new patent filing by Apple indicates that the company is investigating the possibility of one day wirelessly charging devices over a variety of radio frequencies, including cellular (between 700 MHz and 2700 MHz), Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz), and millimeter wave (between 10 GHz and 400 GHz), as spotted by Apple Insider.

Apple is making some serious discovery here.

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Source: USPTO

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Detailed in Apple’s patent application for “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas” is a method for transferring power to electronic devices over frequencies normally dedicated to data communications.

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In addition to the more standard antenna bands, the patent also specifically quotes transmitting power through the 60 GHz wavelength used by the WiGig 802.11ad standard. Aforementioned makes a lot of sense as a  high-frequency choice given that WiGig is a formalized standard that is likely closer to hardware adoption than other millimeter wave solutions.

 

 

Obviously, it’s worth mentioning that this is only a patent, not an indication that Apple is indeed working on a magical router that can give you gigabit Wi-Fi and charge your iPhone simultaneously from across a room. Still, the idea of doubling up the antennas used for Wi-Fi and cellular data to wirelessly charge devices is a clever one, even if actual long distance wireless charging is still a long way away from practical day-to-day use.

 

It is also going to encourage other companies to start working on other charging solutions, thus leading to greater discoveries.

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