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Apple’s Newest Patent Shows a MacBook Wirelessly Charging Three Mobile Devices at Once

New Patent Application Depicts MacBook Wirelessly Charging an iPhone, iPad, and Watch Simultaneously

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Apple has been granted patents for a new wireless charging solution, which can power up a MacBook and up to three mobile devices simultaneously…

The Apple corporation has just been granted new rights to patents which illustrate a MacBook wirelessly charging an iPhone, iPad, and Watch all at once. The package itself describes two-way charging coils that recharge the battery of a MacBook, but can also be used to charge as many as three mobile devices at the same time. It’s a step toward a more wireless world but it’s likely to have limitations.

New Patent Depicts MacBook Wirelessly Charging an iPhone, iPad, and Watch Simultaneously

The patents require a single power cord or a base wireless charger to juice up the MacBook. During the same period, the laptop can wirelessly charge other Apple devices, including an iWatch, iPhone, and iPad. If this configuration sounds a bit familiar, that’s because it’s already possible with a 16-inch MacBook Pro, which offers 15 watts of power rather than the 4.5 or 5.5 watts of earlier models. (However, this does require wires be involved, though.)

While this is definitely a step in the right direction as far as convenience is concerned — at least when the laptop itself isn’t in use — there’s still a long way to go. Wireless charging is a very difficult problem to solve because there’s so many factors to account for to make it work. But this clearly shows tech companies are working hard to make it a reality.

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