“‘Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards,’ a spokeswoman said,” Carson reports. “The Wireless Power Consortium is a group of 123 manufacturers that backs a single standard, called Qi, for wireless charging. It includes companies like Samsung, LG and HTC.”
Carson reports, “‘As we have seen in the past year, Qi has become the de facto standard for wireless power, and this year we expect to see even more momentum by the entire ecosystem,’ WPC said in a statement.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Qi is so-called wireless charging.
Hopefully, this doesn’t mean that the next-gen iPhone(s) will offer Qi “wireless” charging (which, of course, requires wires) instead of delivering true, groundbreaking wirelsss charging, as in Energous.
Right now, the Apple Watch’s charging system is nice because it’s less fiddly, and especially useful in the dark, but it’s still essentially a wired charging system in practice (when you travel, you’d better bring along a Magnetic Charging Cable for your Apple’s Watch or you’ll be out of luck).
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