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With the iPhone 8’s release just a couple of months away, people are starting to anticipate what the flagship smartphone could include. We’ve started to see renders of what the Plus model could have, and it could finally support wireless charging. However, according to a new patent, the next iPhone could have wireless charging over WiFi.

The patent, which is titled “Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas,” details that the wireless charging technology would be included in a router that would work with a variety of radio frequencies; starting with cellular, which is between 700 MHz and 2700 MHz, WiFi at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, and millimeter waves between 10 GHz and 400 GHz.

The router would also have beam-forming antennas, like the ones that are already found on Apple’s AirPort Extreme router, to automatically pinpoint where a device is physically located in an environment and maximize signal strength to the device for improved range and charging speeds. Additionally, the wireless charging router would use the 60 GHz wavelength to transmit power, which is used in the WiGig 802.11ad standard.

Like with most patents, this may or may not make it into actual production. It would be a cool thing to see, though. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments down below or on any of our social media pages.

Source: | USPTO |

Via: | The Verge |

Image Credit: | Arstechnica |

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