What you need to know
- Apple has patented a way to charge your iPhone using your MacBook.
- A new patent reveals the technology alongside a touchscreen MacBook.
- It also includes tech for finger sensing that could be used to draw and select things using touch-sensitive keys.
A newly-published Apple patent today reveals the company is considering a MacBook that can wirelessly charge your iPhone and accept touch inputs.
The 'device having integrated interface system' patent states:
The patent details a MacBook with its base portion " comprising a wireless power transfer system configured to inductively couple with the portable electronic device to receive power from the portable electronic device through the planar top exterior surface of the base portion and to transmit power to the portable electronic device through the planar top exterior surface of the base portion", essentially the wireless charging of a device like Apple's best iPhone, the iPhone 13.
The patent also reveals technology that can be used to make your keyboard touch-sensitive so as to accept inputs almost like a touch screen or a dual-display laptop that displays an image of a keyboard for use in typing input:
The bottom portion of the Mac not only includes this display but could also include accelerometers, and even biometric sensors for taking your fingerprint for security, blood oxygen, blood sugar, eye-tracking, retinal scanning, and more.
Apple's patent also makes provisions for displays using both LCDs, LEDs, and OLED display technology, something we've heard rumored for future MacBooks in 2024.
This mammoth retinue of upgrades may prove to be a pipe dream as patents often do, but it could also indicate the direction Apple is hoping to take its best MacBooks of the future in. The company recently unveiled its new M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro (2022), the latter of which will be released this week.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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