Apple Developing A Way To Charge iPhones Using Ear Buds

A new patent filing revealed by Patently Apple shows Apple is working on a few methods for charging portable gadgets with out having to plug them in.

One of the patents shows a big rod sticking out a base. Apple would have users wrap their headphone cord around the rod, and then stick the ear buds on their iPhone or iPod. The ear buds would have conductive technology inside of them to charge the devices.

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Photo: Patently Apple

The other patent also involves using ear buds as chargers. This time it’s through an acoustic technology. According to Patently Apple, the ear bud would rest inside an acoustic charger that would send out little vibrations. The vibrations would then generate a current in the ear bud which would transmit to the iPhone or iPod and charge it up.

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Photo: Patently Apple

As with any patent filing we don’t know if means Apple will actually use this technology, or it’s just something the company is tinkering with and has decided to try and patent to protect itself down the line.

However, it’s worth noting the Wall Street Journal has previously reported Apple is working on a new method for charging the iPhone.

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