Remember Apple’s inductive charging concept that featured a multi-orientation dock that supports inductive charging? We mentioned that Apple filed a patent for the technology, but so far, no update has been heard. But a new report from Patently Apple seems to confirm the approval of the said patent. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published 27 newly granted patents for Apple, including an iOS docking station that is based on inductive charging technology.
“Apple has received a patent relating to circuits, methods, and apparatus for adapters, such as inserts and cable adapters, and docking stations that include one or more of the following: reradiating antennas to enhance wireless signal integrity, inductive charging circuits, and wireless or optical data links,” Patently Apple said.
As you can see in the illustration above, the patent illustrates a docking station that includes a reradiating antenna and an inductive charging circuit for inductively charging a handheld device. The docking station could reportedly house devices in various positions and charge them using an inductive charge coupling mechanism. Apple also obtained patents for scrolling lists, rotating and scaling documents on touchscreen displays, and resizing user interface content today.