Despite the failure of its AirPower experiment a few years ago, Apple is reportedly still working on a multi-device charger for its products. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is developing a multi-device charger, as well as short and long distance wireless charging technology for its idea of a future where all major devices “can charge each other.”
It is not the first time Bloomberg reported on Apple’s work to develop a multi-device inductive charging solution. Back in June, the post reported that Apple was developing a multi-device inductive charging mat as a sort of spiritual success for the failed AirPower experiment.
In the latest edition of his Light up bulletin, Bloomberg Mark Gurman writes that Apple is still working on this multi-device charger. This would be different from the existing MagSafe Duo, which is actually just separate chargers for iPhone and Apple Watch sewn together.
Apple also continues to work on short and long distance wireless charging solutions, Gurman said. This type of technology is truly wireless charging, unlike the current inductive “wireless” charging technology available today.
Additionally, Gurman says he thinks Apple “imagines a future” where each of its major products can charge each other. For example, an iPhone could possibly charge AirPods or an Apple Watch:
I think Apple is still working on some sort of multi-device charger that it intends to release eventually. There is a reason he planned to launch the device in 2017. I also think Apple is working on short and long distance wireless charging devices and imagines a future where all major devices are charged. ‘Apple can recharge. Imagine an iPad charging an iPhone, then this iPhone charging AirPods or an Apple Watch.
So-called reverse wireless charging has been a popular feature for the iPhone for several years, but ultimately didn’t come to fruition. In theory, this would allow people to place their AirPods or Apple Watch on the back of their iPhone to charge them on the go.
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