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Apple on course for wireless charging in iPhones?

Jonny Evans | Aug. 28, 2015
Don't underestimate the importance of wireless charging to mobile devices -- even the 'ultimate' ones.

As electric vehicles hit our streets innovation in wireless charging threatens to make existing solutions seem antique. That Qualcomm technology I mentioned above could be included on BMW cars by 2017.

Connecting energy

Juniper Research this week predicted that wireless charging adoption for mobile devices will increase rapidly in the coming years, with nearly 40 percent of US households and over 20 percent in Europe using wireless charging by 2020.

"Wireless charging will ultimately be about more than the power and speed of charge," says Juniper analyst, James Moar. In a thought-provoking follow-up he added, "The ability to pinpoint device location through data exchange enables all kinds of location-based activation functions around the home, the car and in the leisure industry.”

It seems possible there’s more to Apple’s plans for wireless charging than making iPhones compatible with an IKEA table lamp or Starbucks mat. That Apple Watch charger might even hint at design concepts that may inform a future Apple Car.

 

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