Apple finally hopped on the wireless charging bandwagon with the, , and . While this is the first time the tech has appeared on an iPhone, Apple’s wireless charging still requires contact with a charging mat. Previous rumors stated that Apple was looking into ways to , like across the room or while it’s still in your bag.
For years now, companies have been trying to make this a reality through Pi is the latest to want to power multiple devices from a short distance without you having to place it directly on a charging pad. The Pi charger uses the Qi standard so it can wirelessly charge Apple’s new iPhones without any extra accessories.and . A new startup called
Although wireless charging hasin phones, Apple’s adoption of the technology may signal a . A spike in phones with wireless chargers will in turn pave the way for companies to innovate, like Pi.
Currently, the Pi charger can power up four or more devices that are within a foot of the charging station. The Pi charger also works at any angle, meaning that your phone can be above, below, or to any side of the device, and not directly touching it like other wireless charging mats. The charger will mete out up to 10 watts per device.
Although the Pi charger made an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt, it won’t come out until sometime in 2018, and should cost less than $200 shipped (about £150/AU$250) — no exact timeline or price was given.
It’s up to you whether you’d pay that much to get an extra foot of wireless wiggle room, especially when you could just buy an extra long charging cable. But Pi is moving us closer to a long distance charging future, even if it is only a couple of inches for now.
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