Tag - Wireless charging
Accessory manufacturer Mophie has expanded its collection of battery cases for mobile devices with models for iPhones including wireless charging. The Juice Pack Wireless for the iPhone 6, 6s, and Plus versions of both can provide power to the smartphones and take on power itself via a wireless charging point, with the company also unveiling two Charge Force mounts to provide power to the battery cases.
Apple has hired two former uBeam engineers in the past four months, and over a dozen engineers over the past two years, all of whom specialize in wireless charging. The hires align with a report from Bloomberg earlier this year that Apple was working towards an introduction of the technology for the 2017 iPhone. Currently, the only product that supports a form of wireless charging is the Apple Watch, which uses a standard method of inductive charging to keep the device powered up. The rumored technology that Apple is working on for a future iPhone would allow wireless charging from a distance.
Based on various rumors and other speculation about a possible "Apple Car" the company is allegedly working on, automotive trade publication Motor Trend on Thursday published a multi-page but fact-free speculative spread on what such a vehicle might be like. A number of 3D renders of the alleged project, designed by Garrett DeBry and rendered by Mind Over Eye, appears to envisage a car version of the iPhone and iPad designs, including the gold colors. The fanciful illustrations imagine Tesla-like "wing" doors, LED-based ambient interior lighting, and wireless charging for the electric vehicle.
Apple could introduce wireless charging to the iPhone by next year, a report claims, though it is suggested it may take on a different form from current solutions. The company is said to be working with US and Asia-based partners on technology to allow for Apple's mobile devices to be charged at a distance from the power source, instead of needing to place the smartphone or tablet on a current-generation wireless charging pad.
McDonalds is bringing wireless charging to some of its restaurants in the United Kingdom. Working with Aircharge, a total of 600 Qi charging hotspots will be fitted in 50 stores, mostly in London, with the hotspots themselves said to be water-resistant units capable of surviving the occasional soft drink spillage. The expansion follows an initial test, and reports that customers waited for up to 30 minutes to use the chargers at one restaurant.
If all goes as according to plan, a new wireless charging platform will be launched in the next two years. The ultrasonic charging method, called uBeam, was introduced three years ago, with the first pre-production prototype functioning and charging devices. The technology uses relatively high-energy ultrasound to transmit the energy with a broadcasting transducer at the "base" with a similar receiver attached to a device.
Computers could potentially run without any cables or external wiring in the future, according to a Computex demonstration by Intel. The chip producer demonstrated a number of reference design devices that combine the close-range and high-speed WiGig standard with wireless charging to create an entirely connected and wire-free computing system.
In an attempt to tie together the fragmented wireless charging market, Broadcom has introduced a new chip that should speed along the process of device manufacturers picking a wireless charging standard to support. Rather than waiting for the market to decide on the winner based on device sales, Broadcom has launched the BCM59350, a single chip that includes the three largest standards in the market.
Portable power and wireless charging manufacturer, Tylt, has today introduced its Energi Sliding Power Case and Alin Screen Protector for the newly released Samsung Galaxy S5. The Energi Sliding Power Case pairs portable charging with physical protection, and is equipped with a 2,800mAh internal battery that is double the capacity of the Galaxy S5. The ALIN screen protector facilitates an easy installation, with its accompanying alignment tool. Four screen protectors are provided, with each featuring two removable tabs to avoid fingerprints during the application process.
The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) has launched a new brand for devices that adhere to its certification program. The "Rezence" logo will be applied to devices that are compatible with a third wireless charging system that relies on the principles of magnetic resonance to transfer power, something that offers a number of advantages over existing wireless power systems.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE