It has long been rumored that the iPhone 8 will have wireless charging in the form of wireless charging stations, but new Apple news, revealed yesterday, could completely blow that development out of the water in a few years.
AppleInsider reports that Apple was recently granted a U.S. Patent and Trademark for “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas” — which, in simpler terms. means charging your phone via WiFi.
According to the patents blueprints, this development won’t be able to work on any old WiFi network. Instead, existing WiFi systems will need a specialized antennae, designed to boost signals for it to work. Once that’s set up, however, you’d be able to charge your phone just by being in WiFi range.
Unfortunately, a patent doesn’t mean the science is fully developed yet — but it does mean that when it is, Apple will be the first to have it.