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Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group behind Qi, a wireless charging standard. As you can see here, they’re listed on the same page as companies who have already begun implementing wireless charging technologies such as Asus, HTC, LG, MediaTek, Nokia, Samsung, and more. We can back this information since a cached version of the WPC website from last week doesn’t mention Apple Inc. whatsoever, leading to the conclusion that they were just recently added.
According to a statement given to BI, Apple joined the group not explicitly for implementing wireless charging technologies but to help further develop them.
Apple is an active member of many standards development organizations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards. We look forward to working together with the WPC and its members.
While we still haven’t received confirmation that the iPhone 8 will get wireless charging via the news, the fact that Apple’s now a part of the WPC simply indicates that more products involving conductive charging solutions are sure to come in the future. And what will likely kick things off? The new iPhone.