In the past few months, we have seen a number of patents registered by Apple. However most of these were for new features or developments in their iPhone lineup. Today, we have something new, something different. It was recently reported that Apple has filed a patent for the wireless charging of its convertible laptop.
Now, you must be wondering, wireless charging is not a new thing. We have already seen wireless charging working fine on smart phones like Lumia 920 and the Nexus 4 devices, so what’s so different with this new patent. Seeing the patent application by Apple, we can conclude that the patent is for the wireless charging feature of a convertible laptop (like a macbook iPad hybrid) using the device’s display. Pretty Confusing eh? Simply put, the patent will allow Apple to use wireless technology on its removable display allowing the device to charge itself using Qi standard.
This is an interesting move by the company and somewhat surprising too considering the fact the last year Apple’s CEO Tim Cook denied the plans of a convertible laptop and infact criticized the device form. A small except from his speech is as given below:
“Anything can be forced to converge, but the problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left doesn’t please anyone,” Cook said. “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going be pleasing to the user.”
But maybe the company saw the demand for Windows surface tablets and felt the need to introduce its own convertible laptop. We have already seen many such devices like the Lenovo’s Ideapad Yoga and Dell XPS 12, but both these devices have not been able to make a mark in the industry. So, clearly the convertible market has not grown as expected and introducing a convertible device at this can be one of the best decisions taken by the company.
Apple already has a variety of patents for wireless charging of iPhone and iPad and this patent is just another addition to the huge pile of patent registered in the company’s name.