Rumors have been in the air for a while that Apple may embrace wireless charging beyond smartwatches (including for the next iPhone), and the company only seems to be stirring those expectations.

Apple is currently part of the Wireless Power Consortium, a gathering behind the Qi wireless charging standard, the organization affirmed on February 13.

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Apple is listed as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium along with 213 individuals, also including other huge names like Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Verizon, Sony, Nokia, and Huawei.

Long anticipated for the iPhone line, Apple is supposed to incorporate wireless charging on the iPhone 8 when it hits the market not long from now. WPC’s Qi permits users to drop their smartphone on a wireless charger without plugging a cord in.

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In classic secrecy, Apple didn’t have much to say in regards to joining WPC. Apple revealed to Business Insider in a statement:

“Apple is an active member from numerous standards development companies, as both a pioneer and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to have the capacity to take part and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging norms. We anticipate cooperating with the WPC and its individuals.”

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The Apple Watch utilizes an adjusted form of Qi for wireless charging, a WPC executive said in 2015. While joining the gathering doesn’t ensure wireless charging for the following iPhone, it appears to be a step in the right path. Apple doesn’t believe it begins and ends with only one wearable product.

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