Dell working on same charging tech Apple has been developing

Dell is working on a wireless phone charger for your laptop, and it’s similar to technology Apple has been working on for years. The patent was discovered by Patently Apple and first reported by TechRadar.

Dell’s technology works like this: a small wireless charging clip can be placed in unused space in the laptop, on the palm rest or on the lid. You can then place your phone or wearables with wireless charging on it and the laptop will charge it.

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Dell patent number 20220239124 is somewhat similar to Apple’s, although it differs in concept as the Dell charging clip is said to be a detachable accessory. Dell wants the charging clip to include a magnetic mount that snaps into a predetermined position on the laptop. It would also need to plug into a USB-C port on the side of the laptop for it to work.

Apple’s patent, on the other hand, provides for the wireless charging plates that are built directly into the palm rest. Users can place their phone, Apple Watch and AirPods on the palm rest and the MacBook will charge them.

There are three patents for Apple wireless charging built into MacBooks, the first being filed in 2014. The most recent shows three charging points in the MacBook: two in the palm rest and one in the center of the trackpad.

Despite these patents, Apple has yet to release the technology, and it’s unknown if it’s something Apple is working on. Announced in 2017, the infamous AirPower concept was canned in 2019 after Apple failed to fix the technology’s overheating problems.

Likewise at Dell. The company is tight-lipped about its projects and there is no other indication that they are working on this wireless charging clip.

It should be noted that Samsung launched a similar technology in 2020 with the Galaxy Book Flex. The laptop had a Qi charger in its touchpad and could wirelessly charge compatible smartphones and earbuds.

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