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Apple patent reveals future iPhones could have ‘shake to charge’ battery tech

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:36PM EST

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While Nokia (NOK) is busy trying to convince everyone that wireless charging is the way of the future with its Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 smartphones, Apple (AAPL) has yet to make any revolutionary changes to battery charging. Perhaps the future is not as plain as Nokia thinks it will be, though. AppleInsider discovered a patent by Apple that reveals a concept for shaking an iPhone to charge it. According to the report, the patent involves the “use of printed coils with one or more moveable magnets, a reversal of the traditional configuration in which the heavy copper coil moves across a stationary magnet. The magnets in Apple’s system move alongside a circuit board holding printed coils to create an ‘electromotive force,’ or voltage, across said coils which can be used to generate power.” Does that mean iPhone owners will be able to do a quick workout and juice up their iPhones in one go? It’s not likely to happen, but if it did, it would change everything, as searching for an outlet would be thing of the past.
[Via Apple Insider]


Raymond Wong is a technology reporter with a passion for cutting-edge gadgets and clean design. His writing has appeared on DVICE, Ubergizmo, G4TV, Yahoo News, NBC blogs. You might even have seen his videos on Xbox LIVE.