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Apple iPhones may come with new 'long-distance' wireless charging capabilities as soon as 2017

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A couple of months ago, we came across an Apple patent pointing towards inductive charging technology without using any external hardware. Now, according to Bloomberg, Apple iPhones could soon come with a new long-distance wireless charging capabilities that doesn’t require the phone to be placed on a charging pad. The company has already started working with partners in Asia and the US for creating this technology, and it could be seen on iPhones launched in 2017. Also Read - Why are new MacBook Pros around Rs 50,000 pricier in India?

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Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, people familiar with Apple s plans told the publication. Also Read - Apple wants you to pay Rs 1,900 for a cloth to clean your MacBook, iPhone

The current smartphones with wireless charging feature require users to place their handset on a charging mat or other devices. Back in September 2012 when Apple wanted to implement the technology, Phil Schiller, Apple s marketing chief wasn t sure of how useful and convenient it would be. Despite having wireless charging technology, users still need to plug in the charger into the wall.

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Earlier rumors suggested this feature could come on the iPhone 7, but was reportedly pulled off for future device. Since then, Apple has gained patents for wireless charging via near field magnetic resonance and for wireless charging stations. Apple has also shown interest in WiTricity’s technology, which uses hidden charging technology that enables magnetic fields to wrap around the barriers. With the help of this technology, users can place the charging pads wherever they want and still charge the device.

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Coming to this year’s iPhone 7, rumors suggest it could ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in favour of using the Lightning connector for audio devices as well. The removal of 3.5mm audio jack will also help in making the iPhone thinner. Apple is known for bringing revolutionary technology to its iPhones, and it will be interesting to see what it can do with the wireless charging technology.

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  • Published Date: January 29, 2016 4:12 PM IST


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