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Apple has joined Wireless Power Consortium
Apple has officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a multinational technology consortium which creates and promotes market adoption of its ubiquitous interface standard Qi (pronounced chee) that's being used for wireless charging across a number of consumer electronics devices.
The move could be interpreted as another sign that Apple's rumored iPhone 8 might come with wireless charging capabilities, as rumored
The Cupertino company is now listed as a member of the organization.
There are currently 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium. Last year, 152 different brands registered a Qi-compliant product on the official Wireless Power Consortium website, up from 86 in 2015.
The Qi protocol is currently used by more than 200 companies and is in 1343 products you can buy now. Apple Watch uses a bespoke version of the Q1 wireless charging standard that's however incompatible with existing Qi chargers.