Ap­ple de­vel­op­ing wire­less-charged phone

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

TAIPEI: Ap­ple Inc. is work­ing with part­ners in the US and Asia to de­velop new wire­less charg­ing tech­nol­ogy that could be de­ployed on its mo­bile devices as soon as next year, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the plans.

Ap­ple is ex­plor­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies that would al­low iPhones and iPads to be pow­ered from fur­ther away than the charg­ing mats used with cur­rent smart­phones, the peo­ple said, ask­ing not to be iden­ti­fied as the de­tails are pri­vate. The iPhone maker is look­ing to over­come tech­ni­cal bar­ri­ers in­clud­ing loss of power over dis­tance with a de­ci­sion on im­ple­ment­ing the tech­nol­ogy still be­ing as­sessed, they said.

With iPhones and iPads gen­er­at­ing more than three quar­ters of Ap­ple's rev­enue, new tech­nolo­gies can give its devices an edge and help the com­pany sell prod­ucts at a pre­mium in a slow­ing mar­ket. Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics Co., Sony Corp. and Google Inc. are among ri­vals that have re­leased wire­less­ly­charged smart­phones that still re­quire prox­im­ity to a charg­ing plate. Ef­fi­ciency of power trans­fer de­creases as the dis­tance be­tween trans­mit­ter and re­ceiver grows, which means bat­ter­ies take longer to recharge.

In 2010 Ap­ple made a pa­tent ap­pli­ca­tion out­lin­ing a con­cept of us­ing an iMac per­sonal com­puter as a hub for wire­lessly recharg­ing at a dis­tance of about 1 me­ter us­ing a tech­nique called near-field magnetic res­o­nance. Ap­ple cur­rently uses a sim­i­lar tech­nique, called in­duc­tion, to charge its Watch within mil­lime­ters of the power source.

An­other Ap­ple pa­tent out­lined a method for mak­ing alu­minum phone cas­ings that al­low ra­dio waves to pass through, a tech­nique that would min­i­mize the prob­lem of metal in­ter­fer­ing with trans­mit­ted sig­nals.

Ap­ple has pre­vi­ously played down its in­ter­est in any charg­ing tech­nol­ogy that still needs to be plugged into a wall socket be­cause such meth­ods would add lit­tle con­ve­nience. Semi­con­duc­tor mak­ers Broad­com Corp. and Qual­comm Inc. are among those who have de­vel­oped or are de­vel­op­ing tech­nol­ogy and stan­dards for wire­less charg­ing.

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