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Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

You might by no means must plug in your iPhone once more.

Apple has joined an business group dedicated to wi-fi charging, strengthening current rumors that the following iPhone will cost with no wire. The Wi-fi Energy Consortium, which is made up of some 200 organizations that promote a single wi-fi charging customary, confirmed to CNNTech that Apple joined the group final week.

IPhone rumors swirl months earlier than every new model is introduced, and hype across the so-called ‘iPhone 8″ is especially excessive: Apple (AAPL) is predicted to unveil a significant redesign of the this fall to mark the 10-year anniversary of the smartphone.

The corporate has already proven curiosity in disposing of cumbersome cords. The Apple Watch expenses wirelessly, supplied shoppers spend $79 on a magnetic charging dock. And the most recent MacBook now comes with just one USB port.

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Apple would additionally create one other iPhone income stream by promoting a wi-fi charging station individually. The function would simplify charging for smartphone homeowners. Relatively than plugging in a single’s cellphone, a person would solely want to put it on the charging dock.

Apple stated in an announcement Monday it was becoming a member of the Wi-fi Energy Consortium to contribute its concepts as wi-fi charging requirements are developed.

As for the speculated potential options of the following iPhone, different rumors embody an edge-to-edge show, a glass physique and the elimination of the house button.

CNNMoney (Washington) First printed February 13, 2017: 2:42 PM ET

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