A new Apple patent has surfaced on the US Patent and Trademark Office, suggesting that iPhones and iPads may soon have a feature to charge accessories through the glass screen.
The patent drawings suggest that wireless charging can work on one side of the screen while keeping the other side functional. However, it remains unknown if the screen’s charging area will have any display output while this feature is in use.
Details of the Wireless Charging-over-Display patent hint at the possibility that this feature can only support charging for accessories and therefore can charge wireless charging-enabled accessories such as AirPods, Apple Watch and Apple Pencil.
This feature is sure to come in handy in unforeseen situations when you unexpectedly run out of battery on your AirPods while away from home, or in situations where you don’t have a charger on hand.
In addition, the upcoming iPhone 14 is rumored to be without a SIM slot, so only eSIM cards will be supported for connectivity. It is also reported that there will be support for two eSIM cards, providing the functionality of two SIM cards.
Prior to that, there were rumors that Apple was planning to remove the Lightning port from smartphones, and if the company also gets rid of the physical SIM card slot, then it will be a step forward in terms of a seamless design as well as increased water resistance.
At present, all of this seems like speculation, and there is no concrete evidence to support any of these claims. However, Apple has a history of making some bold decisions, so there is a chance that this information could be true. For now, all we can do is wait for more details to come out online in the coming months.
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