Apple Working on Wireless Charging Tech

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, February 01, 2016 | | 0 comments »

Wireless Charging
From the very first iPhone to the recently launched iPhone 6s, Apple has definitely improved their flagship product in a lot of ways over the years. So how come users are still plugging them in to chargers when they need a battery fill-up?

A new report, however, suggests the Cupertino, Calif. firm could be developing a new way to charge the iPhone that wouldn't require any cables and this could come to the iPhone as soon as 2017, Bloomberg reports.

Wireless charging isn't new; devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Google Nexus 6 are just a few of the phones that already support it.

What's different about Apple's approach, according to the report, is that iPhone and iPad owners would be able to charge their devices from a distance. Current wireless charging solutions require gadgets to be within close proximity to a charging mat.

Although Apple hasn't confirmed that its developing such technology, it's easy to speculate how useful it could be. A user can charge an iPhone from across the room while it's being held rather than having to plug it in or rest it on a charging plate. Or, the user can walk into a room and having an iPhone automatically connect to a charger within range without even having to think about it.

It's unclear how the technology would work for now, but an Apple patent describes technology that would use an iMac as a hub to wirelessly recharge other devices within a radius of about one meter. Still, many companies have tried and failed to achieve safe wireless charging at noteworthy distances.

The report comes as many of Apple's competitors are focusing more on wireless charging. Some of Samsung's newer phones, such as the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, support high-speed wireless charging. Samsung claims these devices can charge up to 50 minutes faster thanks to its Fast Charge pad.

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