Apple imagines an iPhone capable of charging other devices through the screen
What if you could soon charge your Apple Pencil by simply placing it on the screen of your iPhone? This is in any case what Apple is thinking, as evidenced by a patent application filed by the brand in March 2021. Now validated, this patent details a wireless charging system via the screen of a smartphone or a tablet.
Recharge your Apple Pencil by simply placing it on the screen of your iPhone? This is precisely the idea that will want to make Apple a reality, as evidenced by a patent application filed by the manufacturer in March 2021. Now validated, this patent called “Trought Display Wireless Charging ” details a system that would allow a personal electronic device like an iPhone or iPad to charge other devices through its screen.
In other words, this technology seeks to extend the reach of reverse charging, aiming to make the screen the charging point, and not the back of the device. “A personal electronic device (eg, tablet or smartphone) can be configured to wirelessly charge an accessory (eg, stylus) through a display face of the device. At least part of the display face may be transparent to facilitate viewing of the display ”, can we read in the description.
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The second part of the description leaves us perplexed, however, since it suggests that the part of the screen dedicated to recharging would be transparent and would therefore not offer a display. In other words, it would cut back on the space occupied by the slab. Unless Apple decides to opt for a hybrid display area. As the diagrams point out, the recharge coil would be located just below the screen.
In any case, this technology could prove to be practical, in particular for charge an Apple Watch, AirPods, or Apple Pencil by simply placing them on the screen of your iPhone or iPad. “This configuration could include a tablet or smartphone that would be configured to allow a stylus or other accessory to be charged wirelessly on the front of the device ”, exposes the brand to the apple.
As a reminder, it is already possible to charge the second generation Apple Pencil by placing it on the side of compatible iPads in a dedicated location. Anyway, this patent proves above all that Apple is confident in the durability of its screen, in particular thanks to the Ceramic Shield, to imagine this kind of system.