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Hardware hack adds wireless charging to iPhone 4S [video]

Updated 4 years ago
Published Jul 6th, 2012 11:25AM EDT

Rumors that wireless charging will be introduced in Apple’s next iPhone seem to pop up at least once or twice ahead of each new iPhone release. Perhaps Apple is indeed working on wireless charging technology, or perhaps people just wish that were the case. Regardless of whether or not Apple has plans to bring futuristic charging tech to an upcoming iPhone, one U.K. man took it upon himself to add the exciting feature to his iPhone 4S.

London-based Tanveer Islam used a Powermat and some electrical engineering prowess to modify his iPhone 4S and add integrated wireless charging that doesn’t need any external case, as existing solutions for Apple’s iPhone currently require.

“There are wireless charging options out there such as the powermat system but they all involve slipping on a jacket around the iPhone,” Islam wrote. “I wanted to internalize the technology so that the beauty of the iPhone is not hidden away! It’s taken a while to complete but it’s finally done.”

The mod involves disassembling the Powermat receiver as well as the iPhone, of course, as well as some soldering. Islam had to tweak the iPhone’s back cover as well in order to provide extra space to accommodate the charging receiver. It’s a bit complicated, but the end result of this warranty-decimating surgery is a fantastic inductive charging mod that only added 1 millimeter of thickness to Islam’s iPhone 4S.

A video showcasing his work follows below.

[Via Ubergizmo]

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