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Apple’s Inductive Charging Patent Reveals Interesting Use of Earbuds

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The WSJ previously released a report the next generation iPhone 5 would have a ‘new charging feature’. Wireless charging came to mind and even a slight hint at solar, but that appears to be years away. Today, Patently Apple has revealed Apple’s plans to use conductive charging via Apple headphones.

The Apple patent posted to the US Patent & Trademark Office shows two concepts for an ‘Inductive Charging System’ to be used with iOS devices. The first concept involves a tower where headphones are wrapped around, turning them into an inductive receiving coil. Then, new conductive metal mesh headphones will charge your device once placed on the surface.

The second concept doesn’t involve a charging tower, but still uses the headphones. Earphones are fitted into an acoustic charger that causes the speaker in the earphone to vibrate, therefore generating a ‘reverse’ current to charge your iOS device.

Although patents are revealed, there is no guarantee concepts will come to fruition.The winding up of headphones to a tower seems complicated, and the second concept does seem very creative. Either way, these just aren’t ‘simple’ enough to be Apple-ready.

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  • Up to this point, I think it’s still faster and more reliable to plug the thing in an outlet and let it do its thing…

    Just sayin’

  • Up to this point, I think it’s still faster and more reliable to plug the thing in an outlet and let it do its thing…

    Just sayin’

  • Up to this point, I think it’s still faster and more reliable to plug the thing in an outlet and let it do its thing…

    Just sayin’

  • haha…but…that’s so boring! 😉

  • haha…but…that’s so boring! 😉

  • Eaglelooking78

    Yeah…I totally don’t get it. Unless the headphones could eventually charge on the go, I don’t see the point. You still have to plug it into something so why not your normal cable. Plus…this would probably make the cost go up to put the new tech in the headphones and we all know Apple headphones SUCK balls.

    I vote ‘no’ Steve, if you are reading this. LOL

  • Eaglelooking78

    Yeah…I totally don’t get it. Unless the headphones could eventually charge on the go, I don’t see the point. You still have to plug it into something so why not your normal cable. Plus…this would probably make the cost go up to put the new tech in the headphones and we all know Apple headphones SUCK balls.

    I vote ‘no’ Steve, if you are reading this. LOL

  • Rustybarnacle

    Outlets are so yesterday.  I want them to charge off the heat from my head.  🙂

  • Rustybarnacle

    Outlets are so yesterday.  I want them to charge off the heat from my head.  🙂

  • Gerry18

    If the concept of charging a iPod nano through it’s headphone jack, why couldn’t this be done earlier if that’s the case? 

  • Gerry18

    If the concept of charging a iPod nano through it’s headphone jack, why couldn’t this be done earlier if that’s the case? 

  • Gerry18

    If the concept of charging a iPod nano through it’s headphone jack, why couldn’t this be done earlier if that’s the case? 

  • Gerry18

    If the concept of charging a iPod nano through it’s headphone jack, why couldn’t this be done earlier if that’s the case? 

  • MrAnonymous

    Because the technology didn’t exist “earlier”.  duh!

  • Anonymous

    Remember that a wireless version of this is available without the tower coil. There’s no graphic of it, but the patent lays that out. It’s this version that would be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Remember that a wireless version of this is available without the tower coil. There’s no graphic of it, but the patent lays that out. It’s this version that would be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Remember that a wireless version of this is available without the tower coil. There’s no graphic of it, but the patent lays that out. It’s this version that would be interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Remember that a wireless version of this is available without the tower coil. There’s no graphic of it, but the patent lays that out. It’s this version that would be interesting.

  • Agc5

    These are some great ideas

  • Agc5

    These are some great ideas

  • Agc5

    These are some great ideas

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