A new patent spotted at the USPTO (American equivalent of the INPI) and filed by Apple allows to see a rather particular power system. This offers the possibility of conducting electricity through glass; nothing exceptional so far as iPhones are wireless rechargeable this way. No, what changes here is the actual layout of the model shown in the document.
Indeed, it proposes that the glass is in fact that of a screen. In theory, users taking advantage of such a system would then be able to simply remove their case fromAirPods or their Apple Watch on the front of their mobile to recharge them. Smart?
Not for now
Obviously, as this is only one way for Cupertino to protect his idea before the law in order to avoid any plagiarism, nothing is indicated concerning the capacity of this technology to be produced in mass. We also know that these are, most of the time, the problems encountered by manufacturers before considering possible marketing to the general public.
Reverse charging on iPhone, however, is not a first. Mark Gurman, renowned journalist publishing at Bloomberg every week, has thus shared predictions to this effect recently, believing that most Apple products could be entitled to it very soon. IPads and laptops are expected in 2022, so maybe they will be compatible.
Despite some efforts in terms of robustness, needless to say that direct current passing through the display could eventually be problematic, like the hinge of some foldable screens now. Placing your accessories on the slab would also make unusable touch controls, not to mention the TrueDepth sensor that powers Face ID is also likely to be obstructed.
As an alternative, Apple offers in its patent modulate the information disseminated by this iPhone prototype, for example so that they are arranged all around the peripheral placed on the screen. We obviously think of headphones, but also of a possible stylus similar to the Apple Pencil and such as the one that could be delivered with the future Galaxy S22 from Samsung.