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Ap­ple de­vices to share charge, ac­cord­ing to patent

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Ap­ple made wire­less charg­ing a key fea­ture when it launched iPhone 8

and X last year. And ac­cord­ing to a re­cently pub­lished patent ap­pli­ca­tion from Ap­ple, the next step in its wire­less tech­nol­ogy could let you charge one de­vice us­ing another.

The patent for ‘in­duc­tive charg­ing be­tween elec­tronic de­vices’ ex­plains that one de­vice could recharge another us­ing its re­main­ing bat­tery power. For in­stance, an iPad with plenty of re­main­ing power could charge up a de­pleted iPhone. This would be done over the air and would just re­quire you to place one de­vice on top of another. The images in­cluded with the patent show an iPhone be­ing placed at the cen­tre of an iPad. An align­ment mag­net may be used to help en­sure your de­vices are ori­ented prop­erly.

And un­like cur­rent wire­less charg­ing tech, each de­vice could both send and re­ceive

Fu­ture MacBooks may be able to wire­lessly power up mul­ti­ple de­vices, just like with Air­Power.

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