Apple is still working on a multi-device charger, with the goal of having all gadgets 'charge one other' in the future
Apple is allegedly still working on a multi-device charger for its products, despite its unsuccessful Airpower attempt a few years back
According to a new Bloomberg story, Apple is working on a multi-device charger as well as short and long-range wireless charging technology to realize its vision of a future in which all main products "can charge each other."
Bloomberg has previously covered Apple's efforts to develop a multi-device inductive charging solution. According to the magazine from June, Apple was working on a multi-device inductive charging mat as a spiritual successor to the unsuccessful AirPower effort,
In his current Power On email, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports that Apple is still working on a multi-device charger. This would be in contrast to the existing MagSafe Duo, which is essentially two separate iPhone and Apple Watch chargers sewn together.
According to Gurman, Apple is also working on short and long-range wireless charging methods. Unlike existing inductive "wireless" charging technologies, this type of technology allows for true wireless charging.
Additionally, Gurman claims that Apple "imagines a future" in which all of its major products may charge one another. For example, an iPhone may charge AirPods or an Apple Watch in the future.
I believe Apple is still working on a multi-device charger that it plans to deploy in the future. There's a reason it planned to release the device in 2017 in the first place. I also believe Apple is working on short and long-range wireless charging devices, and that it envisions a future in which all of Apple's primary devices will be able to charge one another. Consider how an iPad can charge an iPhone, which can subsequently charge AirPods or an Apple Watch.
For several years, so-called reverse wireless charging has been rumored for the iPhone, but it has never materialized. In theory, this would allow users to charge their AirPods or Apple Watch on the fly by placing them on the back of their iPhones.
What are your thoughts on Apple's wireless charging goals in the future? Let us know in the comments section!
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