The inductive charging dock patent was among 27 new patents approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office, and features an “eradiating antenna and an inductive charging circuit for inductively charging a handheld device”, Patently Apple reports.
The diagrams supplied by Apple in its patent submission, demonstrate housing for an upright ‘handheld device’ but Patently Apple believe other dock housing configurations are possible.
“The dock housing is further configured to enable charging the battery of the handheld device through an inductive charge coupling mechanism, and to also provide improved wireless communication by integrating the reradiating antenna as shown,” Patenly Apple writes.
“The charge circuit is connected between the inductive charge coupling mechanism and a port for receiving power.”
Apple is yet to release an inductive charging method but the patent may be a sign of future Apple products. The patent also seems to contradict a rumoured smaller, redesigned dock connector in the iPhone 5.