A little glimpse into the future today through an Apple patent application in the form of an iPad Smart Cover with built-in battery.

The most interesting part is the application for an inductive charging battery, which would be housed in the padded divisions in the cover itself. This will give the ability for the iPad to be in close proximity to a charging mat while charging with no need to connect a cable. Although this is an old technology seen more commonly in your electric toothbrush, it is slowly making its way into the gadget world.

Let’s hope Apple catch-up and roll this out to future models of both the iPad and iPhone.

iPad Smart Cover

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