According to a recent Apple patent filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office titled “Inductive Charging Between Electronic Devices,” the iPhone maker is continuing to work on the idea of building reverse wireless chargers into its devices, especially the MacBook.
As noted by CultOfMac, although the most recent filing is merely an update to another Apple filing made in July of 2018 with the same name, it demonstrates that the company is still trying to enable the MacBook to send power to an iPhone or an AirPod without the hassle of wires.
Looking at the filing date of Dec. 5, 2019, it becomes clear that Apple is actively researching building two-way inductive charging into future MacBook, iPad, and iPhone models.
Apple’s filing discusses the hassle of carrying around a charger for each device. “Despite having standardized connectors and cable, each device may require a separate or dedicated power supply to charge. In some cases, having separate power supplies for each device may be burdensome to use, store, and/or transport,” its patent filing notes.
As with any other patent filing, however, it remains unknown whether the idea will eventually translate into an actual product.