Apple and a truly wireless future: AirPods are just the start

“Contrary to popular belief, Apple is a company that often tells us their plans way ahead of time, but they usually do it in a way that flies under the radar,” Abdel Ibrahim writes for AppAdvice.

“That happened during Apple’s presentation of the iPhone 7 when the company debuted their new wireless earbuds, AirPods,” Ibrahim writes. “In a two-minute video clip, Jony Ive essentially tells us Apple’s plans in plain English, but without going into detail.”

“In fact, the very first thing Ive says in the video is ‘We believe in a wireless future. A future where all of your devices intuitively connect,'” Ibrahim writes. “If that’s isn’t a bold statement from Apple’s Chief Design Officer, I don’t know what is.”

“What Ive is saying is that he and Apple basically hate wires,” Ibrahim writes. “I have a guess on what they’ll tackle next: Wireless charging. No, not the wireless charging you and I have seen on products like the Apple Watch and other Android devices, but truly wireless charging.”

“For years people have wondered why Apple hasn’t incorporated wireless charging on the iPhone in the same way companies like Samsung have. The answer is simple: that isn’t wireless charging in Apple’s eye,” Ibrahim writes. “To Apple, there is no real benefit to putting an iPhone on a wireless pad. Why? Because it actually makes the device less mobile. Instead of a simple wire that connects to your phone, you now have a wire that connects to a fat puck.”

“Truly wireless charging would be amazing. Imagine walking into your house and having your phone charge without doing anything,” Ibrahim writes. “Wouldn’t that be amazing? That’s what Apple is working towards.”

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MacDailyNews Take: While it would certainly be very useful for iPhones, Apple Watches and MacBooks, “truly wireless charging” would certainly would be a cataclysmic game-changer if it worked for something like, say, electric vehicles, wouldn’t it?

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