Apple has freshly patented a wireless charging case meant for the Apple Watch or its components. The patent description indicates that this case would be similar to the Apple AirPods case, although its use case would be slightly different.
Considering the fact that the Apple Watch is supposed to be worn throughout the day, a wireless charging case would not be as useful as it is for the AirPods. However, if you’re traveling, having a case like this could be very handy as it would allow you to charge it without having to look for a wall socket.
Apple’s patent filing mentions that the case will have additional provisions to charge any other accessories that come with the watch i.e. bands containing any sensors and other components. As of now, the bands offered by Apple don’t come with any additional sensors, but there are several concepts from Apple and third-party companies on how this could be brought to fruition.
Not every patent application is assured to be utilized in a product. However, given the direction we’re going in, it makes sense for Apple to launch a wireless charging case with provisions for wirelessly charging other elements, including the watch itself.
Here’s an excerpt from the patent application that helps us understand the company’s perspective:
Some embodiments of the disclosure pertain to a case that can securely hold and store a portable electronic device, such as a wrist-worn or other wearable electronic device, along with one or more bands that can be used with the device. Embodiments of the case can include circuitry that can charge the stored electronic device and some embodiments can further include circuitry that can charge the one or more bands stored in the case if those bands have electronic components, such as circuitry, sensors and/or batteries, that also require power.