On Thursday the US Apparent & Trademark Office appear a apparent appliance from Apple that relates to the basics abaft the Apple Watch Charger and charging the Apple Watch and added accessories in accepted appliance Solenoids. Even admitting Apple launched Apple Watch in 2015, this is the aboriginal Apple Watch specific apparent for charging with solenoids to surface.
Apple’s apparatus covers a wireless ability transmitting accessory such as a accessory with a wireless charging apparent or a accessory with a cradle or added abutment anatomy can address ability wirelessly to a wireless ability accepting device. The wireless ability accepting accessory may accept a apartment such as a metal housing. A affectation may be army in the metal apartment on a advanced face of the device. A rear apartment bank on a rear face of the accessory may be provided with a wireless ability accepting solenoid.
The wireless ability accepting solenoid may accept a amount formed from a alluring actual such as a ferrite band that is captivated with a wire. The wire may be formed from a solid metal wire with a dielectric coating, a solid metal wire with a alluring blanket layer, a metal wire accepting a ellipsoidal cross-sectional shape, or a wire formed anatomy intertwined metal filaments.
The solenoid may accept a beeline band appearance that extends forth a longitudinal axis. The wireless ability accepting accessory may accept a band accompanying to sidewalls of the metal housing. The longitudinal arbor may extend in a administration that is erect to the band and alongside to the sidewalls to which the band is coupled.
The wireless ability accepting solenoid may accept opposing aboriginal and additional ends. In some arrangements, the wireless ability transmitting accessory may accept a wireless ability transmitting solenoid with opposing aboriginal and additional ends that are configured to address wireless ability signals appropriately to the aboriginal and additional ends of the wireless ability accepting solenoid aback the wireless ability accepting solenoid has been accustomed aural a cradle. The wireless ability accepting accessory may additionally use the wireless ability accepting solenoid to accept ability from a wireless charging mat or added wireless ability transmitting accessory that emits wireless ability signals from a wireless charging surface.
As agenda in the clear below, wireless transmitting accessory #12 is a wireless charging mat or added wireless ability transmitting accessories that has an adjustment of coils that accumulation wireless ability over a wireless charging surface. This blazon of adjustment is apparent in FIG. 2 below. As apparent in FIG. 2, wireless ability accepting accessory #10 may be amid over one or added of coils #36 during charging.
In account to apparent FIG. 4 above, the opposing rear face of the apartment may be formed from a metal rear apartment bank anatomy or added acceptable apartment bank anatomy and may be provided with windows to board ablaze discharge and/or ablaze apprehension and/or may be provided with a solenoid (coil) to accept wireless power. Accessory #10 may be an Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad or added equipment.
Apple’s apparent FIG. 11 acclaimed in the clear aloft is a angle appearance of an Apple Watch in an allegorical agreement in which solenoid #14 is aggressive erect to the apparent (X-Y plane) of charging accessory #12. As apparent in FIG. 11, the solenoid may accept an continued appearance (e.g., an continued band shape) that extends beyond some or all of rear bank 62R of Apple Watch housing. Configurations in which the solenoid is army abroad in the watch apartment may additionally be used.
Apple added acclaimed that it may be adorable to abode the solenoid aural a charging cradle in accessory #12 during charging. A cradle in the accessory may, for example, accept a distinct wireless ability transmitting braid such as allegorical C-shaped solenoid #36 of FIG. 12 illustrated above.
As apparent in FIG. 12, solenoid #36 may, in this allegorical configuration, accept assorted turns of wire 36W (e.g., wire such as wire 14W of solenoid #14) captivated about alluring amount 36C (see, e.g., the abstracts and structures acclimated in basic amount 14C of solenoid #14). This blazon of adjustment for wireless ability transmitting solenoid #36 may be acclimated in a wireless charging puck, in a stand, in a bogie or added accessory that is tethered to the end of a cable, or added wireless ability transmitting accessory #12.
Interestingly the apparent abstracts beneath advance that Apple advised a architecture area the solenoids formed in the basal allocation of the Apple watch would angle out as it does today but would backfire aback into the watch already the user placed it on their wrist. This could accept been anticipation to accommodate bigger abundance or fit while acceptance specialized sensors for affection rated to bigger blow the users skin. Whether Apple has alone this abstraction or affairs to acquaint it in the approaching is alien at this time.
Apple’s Solenoid #14 may be congenital into Apple Watch in a position in which the solenoid is appreciative (stands out) of the exoteric apparent of rear apartment the bank 62R. For example, dielectric actual 62D (polymer, ceramic, glass, etc.) may be acclimated to authority the solenoid in a position of the blazon apparent in FIG. 15 in which the solenoid is spaced afar from collapsed rear apparent 62R of the apartment 62 an Apple Watch.
In apparent FIG. 16 we’re able to see a cross-sectional ancillary appearance of the Apple Watch in a agreement in which the solenoid has been army even with the alien apparent of apartment 62. As apparent in FIG. 16, the close apparent 14′ of solenoid 14, which faces apartment #62, may be even with the evidently adverse (external) apparent 62R of the collapsed rear apartment bank of apartment 62.
Apple’s apparent FIG. 17 shows how a allocation such as arena 62R’ of rear apartment apparent 62R may be recessed beneath the blow of rear apparent 62R.
As apparent in FIG. 18, Apple advised a altered anatomy agency for an Apple Watch charger in the anatomy of a cradle box. Apple states that solenoid #36 may be army in cradle #90.
Apple’s apparent appliance 20180123392 was filed aback in Q2 2017, with alive dating aback to at atomic 2016. The advice about this apparent doesn’t acquiesce me to go aback added than 2016.
The listed inventors include: Zaki Moussaoui Ph.D., Director of Ability Technology / Systems Architecture. Moussaoui came to Apple via Exar Corporation – a Maxlinear Company; and Chris Pinciuc, Arrangement Integrator.
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