Want to wirelessly charge your iPhone? You will have to wait for iPhone 7s

Apple is working with several partners to develop wireless charging technologies that will power its iPhones by next year.

So if you're willing to pass up Samsung's Galaxy S7 to buy an iPhone that can be charged wirelessly, you'll probably have to wait till September of next year when Apple will launch the iPhone 7s.

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As per Bloomberg, the wireless charging technologies being developed by Apple will let you charge your iPhone without having to resort to charging mats. This means that you'll be able to charge your iPhone just like you use Hotspot to browse the internet using different devices placed away from each other.

However, the Cupertino giant will need to overcome a few challenges like loss of power over distance. The Bloomberg report also adds that Apple is still assessing the decision to implement the technology given the hurdles it needs to meet in the process.

Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus offer great new additions over previous iPhones in terms of features but Apple is yet to introduce wireless charging, a technology that has already been implemented by several phone manufacturers including Samsung. Apple sold just one million more iPhones in Q4 of 2015 than what it sold in the same period of the previous year, leaving a lot of investors rocking in their seats.

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It's not that Apple hasn't flirted with wireless charging technology before. In 2010, Apple filed for a patent for a technology that involved an iMac being used as a hub to wirelessly charge fellow Apple devices at a distance of one metre.

In December, in order to appease a growing number of iPhone users who weren't to happy with their device' battery lives, Apple introduced a Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s phones. Offering up to 25 hours of additional battery life, The battery case is made of soft touch silicone and is lined with microfiber material. Available in Charcoal Grey and White, the case hugs the upper and lower ends of an iPhone 6 or 6s and protrudes slightly in the middle to accommodate the extra battery.

Samsung, Apple's bitter smartphone rival, introduced wireless charging technologies with its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge devices at Mobile World Congress last year. Back in June, Samsung's researchers also claimed to have developed a new smartphone battery technology that could increase capacities of Lithium-Ion batteries by up to 1.5 to 1.8 times. Published in Nature Communications, the research study advocates the use of graphene over silicon surfaces in batteries to enable volume expansions for extended runs.

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