Apple buys wireless charging specialist PowerbyProxi

The Company is said to improve the Qi standard for wireless charging compliant module and has been boosted by funding by the Wireless Power Consortium.

Apple's senior vice president of engineering Dan Riccio confirmed the acquisition to, calling it a "great addition as Apple works to create a wireless future". That spans wireless control systems, wireless sensors and robotics, as well as areas more obviously suited to Apple such as wireless battery charging.

Wireless charging allows users to recharge devices by placing them on a pad or other surface rather than inserting them in a cradle or attaching a cable. Buying PowerbyProxi gives Apple significant experience in the field.

PowerbyProxi's wireless tech features a modular, waterproof design that claimed to offer the highest power density of any wireless solution on the market today. "There is tremendous alignment with our values, and we are excited to continue our growth in Auckland and contribute to the great innovation in wireless charging coming out of New Zealand", Mishriki said.

The company is owned by a who's who of local and global investors led by VC fund Movac with 20 per cent and founder Fady Mishriki with 18 per cent.

The firm's expertise, which includes 50 staff, more than 300 patents and a range of charging devices, is sure to support Apple's wireless charging efforts.

He was unable to say more as Apple has strict policies on who is allowed to talk publicly. Apple's AirPower would be capable enough to charge any glass-backed iPhone and Apple watch along with AirPods earbuds, notes The Verge. AirPower will be able to charge multiple devices, including the iPhone and Apple Watch, at the same time.

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