iPad cases with wireless chargers have become a popular trend for the home in recent years.
This week, a patent filing from the US Patent and Trademark Office shows that Apple is working on an innovative new wireless charging case.
The patent, titled “Wi-Fi charging case for iPad,” describes a device that “includes a mobile phone case with a magnetic field sensor and a wireless charging pad.”
This wireless charging mat is an example of an “e-reader” for smartphones, according to the patent, which was filed in September.
“The wireless charging is capable of being used to power a mobile device when the mobile device is stationary and without any charging in the mobile phone,” the patent states.
When a user moves their hand away from the mobile, the mobile phones magnetic field sensing mechanism will be activated and a charge will be generated.
It is unclear whether this wireless charging device is actually an Apple product or whether Apple has been working on this wireless pad as a patent for several years.
The patent does not describe a way to use the device, but the patent mentions a way of “recharging the wireless charging function of a mobile telephone when it is in a position that prevents it from being used as a portable media device,” the filing said.
Another potential benefit of this wireless mat is that it is designed to work with some of the most popular portable charging pads in the market.
For example, it would work with the Qi Wireless Charger, Qi Power Pad and the USB-C Power Pad, according the patent.