Wireless Charging

Apple proves wireless charging commitment, buys PowerbyProxi

Apple proves wireless charging commitment, buys PowerbyProxi

Although late to the game, Apple very well has the chance to be the one that makes wireless charging truly ubiquitous and widely accepted. That is, if it renege its current position on the technology. At least for now, that doesn’t seem to be the case, especially after it made what could be a sizable investment in PowerbyProxi. The New Zealand company is best known for its work in delivering high-power wireless charging, which could hint at Apple’s own wireless charging plans for the near future.

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Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

Samsung wireless charger plans include Apple AirPower rival

A Samsung patent reveals that the South Korean company is working on a dual wireless charger not unlike the AirPower charger Apple unveiled in recent weeks. The patent was published by the USPTO and reveals a charging pad that could be used to charge two phones at once or, as another example, a phone and a smartwatch.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging - and they didn't. Much to the surprise of the industry at large, Apple added wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. But Google didn't come back with wireless charging - not now, and not since the Nexus 4. Though their reasoning holds some water, it most certainly does not hold nearly enough.

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Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Don’t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apple's two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there's a shadow looming over both new handsets.

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IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

You can credit the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for the recent resurgence in interest in wireless charging, and IKEA isn't letting that opportunity pass it by. The company has offered select versions of its furniture with wireless charging functionality since 2015, but until now iPhone owners have required an adapter in order to take advantage. With the arrival of native support in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the upcoming iPhone X, IKEA is relaunching its range.

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Pi wireless charger doesn’t need to touch your phone

Pi wireless charger doesn’t need to touch your phone

Like with almost anything, Apple’s adoption of an existing technology is a sure way to boost said technology (and rewrite history in the process). This year, it’s wireless charging, thanks to the iPhone X. But while wireless charging promises the convenience of having no wires, it doesn’t exactly deliver complete freedom. You still have to put your phone on top of a flat surface. That’s where the Pi comes in. Billing itself as the world’s first truly wireless and contactless charger, it doesn’t require users to place their devices on it. In fact, given it’s conical shape, you really can’t anyway.

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Apple AirPods wireless charging case release date might have just leaked

Apple AirPods wireless charging case release date might have just leaked

One of the most exciting announcements from Apple's reveal event on Tuesday was that after years of rumors, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X will support wireless charging. The trio of iPhones aren't the only Apple devices compatible with wireless charging, as the feature was also announced for the Apple Watch and Apple's wireless AirPods.

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Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Your iPhone X can get a wireless power boost while you top-up your caffeine levels at Starbucks, with Powermat confirming it'll upgrade its public charging pads to support Apple's preferred Qi standard. The news means iPhone X owners - along with those using the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - will have a long list of locations where they can get a cable-free recharge, including the popular coffee shop chain and the dashboard cubbies of select Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick cars. Turns out, when it comes to wireless charging pads, Powermat has something special going on under the table.

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AirPower Charger: the advent of Apple wireless charging

AirPower Charger: the advent of Apple wireless charging

Apple has ushered in wireless charging for its customers, and it has made it better than ever thanks to a technology it calls AirPower. This will be available starting next year, and it'll make it possible for those with the latest Apple gadgets to charge more than one device at a time -- their iPhone X, their Apple Watch, and their AirPods.

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This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

The Flyte Magnus 2.0 is a flying lightbulb that's powered by a wireless charger. This is a solution similar to what's used in wireless smartphone charging, but also employs magnets to allow the powered bulb to float. Obviously this is not a fantastic solution for families with multiple toddlers, but the concept is certainly an excellent experiment in minimalist design.

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iPhone 7s, 7s Plus only slightly thicker for wireless charging

iPhone 7s, 7s Plus only slightly thicker for wireless charging

You win some, you lose some, as they say. Smartphones are pretty much just a series of compromises for one feature in exchange for another. Take for example the still to be announced iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which are also said to be getting wireless charging features like the more expensive iPhone 8. But in order to pull that off, the phones would have to switch to glass backs as well. Which, in turn, would explain why this latest leak claims them to be ever so slightly thicker than last year’s models.

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iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

On the back of Apple's next hero iPhone 8, it's been reported that a new mixture of metal and glass will be in order. There, on the side of the phone most people mostly disregard, a technology that's been in the making for nearly a decade may well create a new mobile device material paradigm. In the most-used piece of hardware in most modern adult's lives, here on the iPhone's backside it's suspected Apple's next greatest contribution to the future will be made.

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