A new report claims that Apple is working on THE feature all smartphone users have always wanted.
The new technology would revolutionise how we charge our smartphones and could even mean we’ll never run out of battery again.
According to a new patent spotted by tech site Apple Insider, Apple is developing technology that will allow you to charge your iPhone via your Wi-Fi router.
The leaked document filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is titled: “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas” and reveals that Apple is looking at using medium to long range wireless technology to charge an iPhone
The patent shows that Apple want use networks that are traditionally used for data communications as a way to transfer power to smartphones.
Power could be transferred using regular cellular connections between 700MHz to 2700MHz or Wi-Fi between 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
In order for an iPhone to use a data connection and convert it into energy, the patent explains how a transmitter and receiver will need to be used that would be able to capture the router’s signal.
Of course, wireless charging is nothing new but this leaked patent gives us the first glimpse at what would be huge improvement on existing technology.
In basic terms, what Apple’s patent is saying is that one day you could be anywhere in your house, at work, in the car or on public transport and be able to charge your phone, without ever having to plug it into the wall.
There is no information yet on when this new wireless charging technology will feature on an iPhone, or even if it will make to production at all.
One thing for certain is that it is unlikely to be ready in time for the release of the iPhone 8, which is tipped to be launched later this year.