According to a report recently published by Stuff, Apple has apparently completed its acquisition of PowerbyProxi, a New Zealand based firm that specializes in developing wireless charging solutions. Details of the deal were not disclosed by the iPhone maker, and there was no mention of any sum, but the tech giant did confirm that it is planning to keep PowerbyProxi’s operations New Zealand.
As far as this year’s upcoming iPhone devices are concerned, the talk is that Apple is looking to launch a trio of new models -- the iPhone 8 (the premium high end offering in celebration of the iPhone’s 10th birthday), plus the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus. So how exactly will the iPhone 8 differentiate itself from the iPhone 7s models?
According to a report published by Bloomberg, it appears that Apple is developing wireless charging technology (finally!) for its iPhone devices, and the company could be launching it as early as next year. With this piece of technology made available for owners of iPhones, they will be able to recharge their smartphones without having to fiddle with cables and all of that stuff.
So now we go to chapter two of Powermat Technologies’ ongoing legal drama. A judge from the Israeli court has decided to dismiss the motion that was filed by three of the wireless charging company’s board members, including Ran Poliakine, co-founder and former chief executive officer of the firm. The aim of that motion was to block Powermat Technologies from continuing its operations, but evidently, the court thinks the case does not hold any water at all, and instead has told the disputing parties to settle it out of court.
It appears that Huawei has come up with a prototype smartphone battery that can be recharged to half its capacity in only a span of five minutes. The Chinese mobile giant based the development of its new battery based on the same lithium ion chemistry being utilized in most smartphone batteries nowadays. However, Huawei exploited the way atoms of graphite bonded to the anode, producing a battery with super fast charging capabilities. What makes the China based phone maker’s prototype so interesting is that apart from exhibiting quick recharging qualities, the battery is not doing it at the expense of usage life, nor does it sacrifice the quantity of power that can be stored in each battery.
And the Samsung Galaxy S6 excitement continues to hit new levels. Roughly a month before the device is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung is hinting that its next flagship smartphone might feature fast wireless charging abilities.
Through its official global blog, the South Korean tech giant has highlighted the significant steps that wireless charging technology has taken in the last few years. Of special mention is the recent merging of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) , two of the three most important wireless charging standards bodies existing today.
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