Apple has acquired PowerbyProxi, a wireless charging company based in New Zealand. The company was founded in 2007 as a spin-out from Auckland University.
It’s unclear how much Apple paid to acquire PowerbyProxi but one of the main reasons for the acquisition is for the more than 300 patents related to wireless charging that the company currently holds.
Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, Dan Riccio said to Stuff.co.nz, the PowerbyProxi team is “a great addition as Apple works to create a wireless future … we want to bring truly effortless charging to more places and more customers around the world.”
PowerbyProxi founder, Fady Muller said, “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.”
Last month, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, both with support for wireless charging, based on the Qi standard. They also introduced their AirPower wireless charging mat, which is set to release in 2018, it could be that Apple is using PowerbyProxi’s talent to help create the charger.