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Mac|Life - - HOME LIFE - Jennifer Phin is tempted by has­sle-free wire­less charg­ing

YES , it’s re­ally hap­pen­ing! Wire­less charg­ing on the iPhone 8! And iPhone X too, but let’s not get car­ried away, huh, trusty Amex-trapped-inthe-ice­box? You’re for emer­gency den­tal treat­ment only. And flights in the event of a sur­prise Hamil­ton ticket lot­tery win.

Mind you, own­ing an iPhone 8 or X with built-in wire­less charg­ing has to be bet­ter than my cur­rent col­lec­tion of irk­some cases, which have to be placed just so on their charg­ing sta­tions. Like that. No, straighten it up a lit­tle. A tiny bit left. Yes, that’s it! It’s charg­ing, see the lit­tle light flash­ing on the back – no, don’t pick it up! (I’m also dread­ful at street park­ing and pool.)

Even bet­ter, Ap­ple is us­ing in­dus­try-stan­dard Qi charg­ing, which for a com­pany that can turn hard-earned adap­tor ca­bles into ob­so­lete eBay trin­kets in the course of a key­note, is both wel­come and im­pres­sive.

The only snag is there’s noth­ing wrong with my cur­rent iPhone. It should last at least two more years, maybe more if I stop hand­ing it to my kid when we’re stuck in traf­fic. I’m be­moan­ing the longevity of my hith­erto unimag­in­ably pow­er­ful pocket com­puter when my husband of­fers a nerdy dis­trac­tion.

“While you’re wait­ing for that one to, er, die,” he low­ers his voice a lit­tle, like the phone can hear him, “You could get some of those Qi kits from Ikea and make more charg­ing sta­tions.”

Within hours we are at Ikea, the kid asks to “look af­ter” my iPhone in the ball pool – she does this an­noy­ingly well – while I fill a bag with Rällen wire­less charger kits. I also pur­chase a special hole­saw and drill bits that look wildly dan­ger­ous, but I’m sure with enough en­thu­si­asm and per­haps some safety gog­gles, I can add a wire­less charg­ing sta­tion to ev­ery piece of wood-ef­fect fur­ni­ture I own.

I’m ready for you, iPhone 8. Or X. Say, what’s that, Mr Amex? It’s cold in there? Wait there – I’ve got just the saw we need.

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