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Smartphones already have reverse wireless charging, a technology that enables them to wirelessly discharge its own battery into another device. However, Apple may be looking to integrate reverse wireless charging into at least one of its future MacBook laptops, according to two US patents the company was recently granted. One of them has sketches that show a MacBook with charging coils located beneath the trackpad and palm rest areas.
There are also coils underneath the lid for charging other devices wirelessly when the MacBook is closed, but that would require Apple to use bio-resin instead of aluminum for the lid since the latter cannot transmit power wirelessly. Magnets in the iPhone, Apple Watch, etc. would allow you to easily align them to the conductive coil of the charging pads. This would mean that you wouldn’t need to worry about carrying extra power cables or bricks as long as you have one of these new MacBooks around.
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Some electronic devices include one or more rechargeable batteries that may require external power to recharge. Often, these devices may be charged using a common or standardized electrical connector or cable. For example, some devices may be charged using a [USB] connector or cable. However, despite having standardized connectors and cable, each device may require a separate or dedicated power supply to charge. In some cases, having separate power supplies for each device may be burdensome to use, store, and/or transport,” said Apple.