Apple patent hints at iPhone 5 inductive charging plans

Apple iPhone 5 rumours continue to flow as wireless charging features are tipped

Latest Apple iPhone 5 rumours have suggested the next-gen handset will feature wireless inductive charging as a new patent surfaces

With a number of iPhone 5 rumours suggesting Apple will ditch its classic 30 pin connector dock in favour of a new 18 pin offering, a newly outed patent has shown that company might instead be looking to inductive charging to fill the handset with power.

Doing away with the need for charging cables entirely, the newly revealed patent has shown how Apple plans to introduce an inductive changing dock that will be compatible with future iPhone and iPod devices.

Allowing for quick, hassle free charging, the wireless means of getting power to a device is far from new with companies such as Powermat already offering a selection of inductive charging options. This patent does however highlight Apple’s first planned moves into the cable ridding market.

“The dock housing is further configured to enable charging the battery of the handheld device through an inductive charge coupling mechanism, and to also provide improved wireless communication by integrating the reradiating antenna as shown,” the latest Apple patent says of its proposed charging system. It goes on to add: “The charge circuit is connected between the inductive charge coupling mechanism and a port for receiving power.”

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Via: 9to5Mac