Apple continues to work on a wireless charger similar to the abandoned AirPower mat that will allow users to charge multiple devices simultaneously, according to a new report. The company also hopes to develop true wireless charging in the future.
Cupertino reportedly works on “short- and long-distance” charging solutions that do not require physical contact. It also wants to allow all major Apple devices to charge each other.
Apple is not done with AirPower
Some competing manufacturers are already selling smartphones that can wirelessly charge other gadgets. Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphones can share their juices with headphones, smartwatches and even other phones.
Apple reportedly planned a similar feature that would allow an iPhone to charge an Apple Watch and AirPods simply by placing them on its back. And even though we still haven’t seen it, it may come later as part of something bigger.
Bloomberg Reporter Mark Gurman, who has proven incredibly reliable in the past, claims in his latest Switch on newsletter that Apple is working on a number of new and ambitious charging solutions for its mobile devices.
In addition to a wireless charger that can charge iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods at the same time – like the now canceled AirPower mat – it will allow all major devices to charge each other.
Apple wants better wireless charging
“Imagine an iPad charging an ‘iPhone,’ and then the ‘iPhone’ charging an AirPods or an Apple Watch,” Gurman wrote. It would be a particularly convenient solution for those who are always on the go without regular access to the mains.
Looking further ahead, Gurman indicates that Apple is working on “short- and long-range wireless charging devices” that would dismiss the need for smaller devices, such as iPhones or AirPods, to actually get in touch with a charger.
The idea is that power is sent over the air to all devices within a certain radius. It’s incredibly ambitious, but it’s something Apple has been exploring for years now. It could very well become a reality in the not so distant future.