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Patent: Induction Charging in The Smart Cover

AppleInsider found a patent filed by Apple in 2011 which describes a system where the induction charging of an iPad would be done using a Smart Cover. The patent, titled “induction charging surface protection integrated” differs from what we can see from other manufacturers.

 Smart Cover charging

Where they use a dock connected to power, Apple integrate the transmitter circuit induction directly into the the Smart Cover and as a result create a “mobile” charger.

The protection contain a battery and transfers its charge to the iPad when it is closed or when used as a support.

Smart Cover charging

Part of the patent status of a “portable” mode where the tablet automatically determine whether it is necessary to recharge the battery. Doing so only when it is necessary.

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