“Apple Inc. is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to people familiar with the plans,” Tim Culpan reports for Bloomberg.

“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,” Culpan reports. “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, they said.”

“Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and Google Inc. are among rivals that have released wirelessly-charged smartphones that still require proximity to a charging plate,” Culpan reports. “Apple has previously played down its interest in any charging technology that still needs to be plugged into a wall socket because such methods would add little convenience.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Now, that would be useful! Right now, the Apple Watch wireless charging is nice because it’s less fiddly, and especially useful in the dark, but it’s still essentially a corded charging system in practice.

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