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Is Apple going to use wireless charging?

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article image In 2013, Apple applied for a patent on wireless charging technology

APPLE could be outfitting its devices with wireless charging capabilities, if its US patent is anything to go by.

In 2013, Apple applied for a patent on wireless charging technology. In that patent application, it outlines how wireless charging could work with its devices, including a smart watch.

According to tech analysts, wireless charging could be attractive for wearable devices such as Apple’s rumoured smart watch, since it would allow a more elegant approach than having to design in a cable port for charging.

If Apple eliminates charging ports in favour of wireless charging, it could also improve the smart watch’s water and dust resistance -- a key differentiator between wearables and smart phones being resilience against the environment.

According to the Apple patent, the wireless charging technology could also have a double function, acting as an antenna for NFC -- another technology that Apple has yet to implement in its devices, but which might change if it decides to play in the wearables space.

Apple is due to announce new devices on 9 September.

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