Soon, You May Be Able to Wirelessly Charge Your iPhone

Apple is developing wireless charging technology that could be ready by next year, according to a report.

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By Lindsay Friedman • Jan 29, 2016

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The endless search for an outlet to plug in and charge up might finally be coming to an end -- for iPhones or iPads, at least.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working with partners to develop wireless charging technology for its smartphones and tablets that could be released as early as next year.

Related: How Apple's New iPhone Leasing Program Stacks Up Against Contracts From Mobile Carriers

Samsung, Sony and Google already make smartphones that charge wirelessly. To do so, however, these models need to be close to a charging plate. Apple's charging technology, per the report, would allow its devices to power up from a further distance.

Apple has a few hurdles to jump through first as it combats technical issues, such as the loss of power over distance. As an iPhone's receiver gets further away from the wireless transmitter, charging power declines and the device takes longer to charge.

It's a hard code to crack, but if the company is successful, the payoff could be huge. Just imagine: No more burned batteries, tangled cables or crowded outlets.

Related: Running Out of Space on Your iPone? Here's What to Delete and How.

Lindsay Friedman

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Lindsay Friedman is a staff writer at Entrepreneur.com.

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