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Apple looking to bite into wireless charging with future iPhone

Apple appears to be quietly building towards a wireless charging future for its iPhone range, according to a new report.

For a number of years now we’ve been reporting on patent applications and industry rumours suggesting that Apple is working on wireless charging technology for its iPhone range.

The latest piece of evidence to support that theory comes via The Verge, which points out that Apple has been gradually acquiring wireless charging expertise in recent months and years.

More specifically, it’s revealed that Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers in the past four months.

Who or what is uBeam, you ask? It’s a company that’s been working on a potentially revolutionary charging standard.

Apparently, uBeam’s charger doesn’t require any direct contact with the chargeable device. It essentially converts electricity into sound, which is then transmitted through the air using ultrasound waves.

Related: What is uBeam?

Apple’s hiring of those with uBeam expertise points to an exciting possible future for the iPhone family. One where our phones are charged while we’re walking around our homes, our local shopping mall, or an airport departure lounge.

It isn’t only in recent months that Apple has started hiring for such an initiative, either. In the past two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen staff with expertise in the wireless charging field. Is it too soon to hope for such a feature in next year’s iPhone 8?

Next, take a look at our iPhone SE review:

Would you welcome completely wireless charging in a future iPhone, or do you just want better battery life? Let us know in the comments.

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