updated 08:25 am EDT, Sat October 9, 2010
Apple bringing Macbook charging tech to iPhone?
The US Patent & Trademark office has published a new Apple patent for a MagSafe adapter that it may apply to the design of future mobile devices. The sketches (below) appear to depict a device that could fall into the same category as Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The MagSafe adapter works by sending a power current through five pins, which corresponds to the five pins noted in connector 62 in the diagrams.
Apple currently employs its MagSafe adapter for its Macbook range of notebooks only and this is the first evidence to emerge that it is considering applying the same concept to a different class of device. By attaching magnetically, the MagSafe adapter helps to prevent a device from being inadvertently wrenched out of a user’s hands should they try to move the device while it is still being charged.
Apple credits Chris Ligtenberg, John DiFonzo and Brett Degner as the inventors of patent application 20100254111. [via Patently Apple]