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iPad 5 patent: inductive Smart Cover contains battery

Mark Hattersley | March 15, 2013
New Apple Patent describes Smart Cover that acts as inductive charging point. New cover set to provide wireless electricity to iPad and other devices.

However, the iPad Smart cover could act as a single charge point. You plug in the iPad with an Inductive Smart Cover, pop the iPhone and iWatch on top of it, and when you wake up in the morning all three are good to go. How much better is that than plugging all three devices into the wall at night? We'd buy it...

Apple would need to solve the alignment problem (the devices have to be placed at specific points) but Apple already has magnetic technology in the iPad, it could theoretically roll it out the iPhone and, perhaps, iWatch so they snap into place on the Smart Cover surface.

Just the iPad charging Smart Cover is clever enough, and the iPad Smart Cover is a great way for Apple to introduce inductive charging to its product line. But we hope Apple takes this technology a step further and integrates it to all its mobile products.

 

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