"We believe in a wireless future," Sir Jonathan Ive's voice rang out over the slickly-produced video. Apple's design chief, speaking last September, was announcing the company's new Bluetooth-powered headphones, designed to work with an updated iPhone that had lost its physical audio port.
While Apple's decision to drop the iPhone's headphone jack drew controversy at the time, eagle-eyed followers believe it may have been the first hint of things to come. Next month, when Apple unveils its latest hamper of new gadgets in California, another wire may be cut. At least one of the company's iPhones is expected to feature technology that allows it to be charged without being plugged in, simply by placing it on an electromagnetic surface.
Wireless charging will hardly be a technical breakthrough for Apple. Phones from rivals including Samsung have featured it since 2015, as has Apple's own smartwatch. Electric toothbrushes have used the same basic technology for years. But nothing quite has the cachet, or the influence that the iPhone does. Supporters of wireless power, who believe it could have an effect equal to the rise of Wi-Fi internet networks, say Apple's announcement will be a Henry Ford moment.
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Back to Basics - How does wireless charging actually work?
We've had lots of new sign ups for our newsletter this month and so wanted to provide those of you who are new to wireless power, the information you need to know. Our Head of Product, Tom Gregorio explains how wireless charging works and what's next for the technology.
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