22:36 04 May 2017
Apple is applying for a patent for a new wireless charging technology that could let you charge your iPhone using a Wi-Fi router. The details of the method were recently published by the US Trademark and Trademark Office.
Based on the patient application, Apple would use wireless bandwidth across cellular and Wi-Fi not just to deliver internet access but also to charge your iPhone. The company is also proposing a way to boost those signals and convert them into energy.
This is not the first time that Apple has applied for such patent. In 2010, the company filed a patent to wirelessly charge an iMac at a distance of one metre, a proof that it has long been working on the technology for quite sometime.
Reports have suggested that Apple has been working with Broadcom on a wireless charging solution and that it plans to add wireless charging tech to the iPhone. Earlier this year, the company joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the organisation behind the Qi wireless charging platform. Such reports further fuel rumours that iPhone 8 would feature wireless charging capabilities.
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