Thursday, March 14, 2013

iPad Smart Cover, Inductive Charging

Many inductive charing modifications for smartphones seem very cool, allowing you to charge your device without a connection...but instead simply placing your smartphone or tablet on a mat. Apple appears to be looking to include this functionality into the next Smart Cover design. Implementing this functionality into an iPad case or iPad cover would be very useful.

Personally, I would probably get more use out of a Smart Cover which includes a keyboard like the Surface tablet offers from Microsoft.

From Patently Apple:

"Apple states that the body portion includes an inductive power transmitter arranged to wirelessly pass power to a corresponding inductive power receiver unit disposed within the iPad by inductively coupling, at least a first magnetic element, and at least a second magnetic element used to secure the body portion to the display in a closed configuration. In the closed configuration the first magnetic element is detected by a sensor disposed within the iPad, the detection altering a current operating state of the tablet device."

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