Apple acquires New Zealand-based wireless charging firm PowerbyProxi

Apple acquires New Zealand-based wireless charging firm PowerbyProxi

PowerbyProxi will continue its "growth in Auckland and contribute to the great innovation in wireless charging coming out of New Zealand", its founder and CEO, Fady Mishriki, said in a statement.

Apple plans to keep PowerbyProxi in New Zealand for now, although that could change at some point down the road. Along with all the hardware and engineers, Apple also gets more than 30 wireless charging-related patents. No financial details were given, but it's another open secret that Apple is lagging behind its competitors in the mobile phone charging game.

Now, with the acquisition of this New Zealand-based firm, Apple seems to be working towards the platform, which would be capable enough to charge iPads and Mac.

As a result, the recent takeover indicates Apple's attempt on catching with rivals by going completely wireless in the future. Their product proxi-module - a modular power system - can support a host of new products and situations offering an output of up to 100 watts of power to devices such as drones and robots.

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PowerbyProxi uses magnetic induction for its wireless power technology and its rechargeable battery system includes the world's smallest wireless power receivers, which are integrated directly into a device using the existing shape of AA batteries. Apple is also a member of the Wireless Power Consortium as of February 2017. Mr. Mishiriki furthersaid "The team and I are thrilled to join Apple".

Being able to tap into the PowerbyProxi's technology could allow for far more wireless charging flexibility. Apple's AirPower would be capable enough to charge any glass-backed iPhone and Apple watch along with AirPods earbuds, notes The Verge.

He was unable to say more as Apple has strict policies on who is allowed to talk publicly. AirPower will be able to charge multiple devices, including the iPhone and Apple Watch, at the same time.

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