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Apple staffing up on wireless charging experts, including former uBeam engineers

Last week a former engineer from the much hyped wireless charging startup uBeam left some scathing criticism of the company on his blog. He compared uBeam to the now disgraced startup Theranos, saying that uBeam has avoided any full-fledged public demonstrations because its technology doesn't work as advertised. While it can do some very limited charging over a short distance, he allowed, the basic laws of physics prevent the product from being practical at any commercial level.

While poking around LinkedIn to try and figure out the identity of this blogger, I came across an interesting data point. In the last four months two former uBeam engineers with expertise in wireless charging and ultrasonic technology had been hired by Apple. In fact, public LinkedIn data on Apple's recent hires shows these former uBeam staffers were part of a much broader trend. In the last two years Apple has hired more than a dozen staffers with expertise in wireless charging.

Earlier this year Bloomberg reported that Apple was hoping to add wireless charging to the new iPhone it releases in 2017. And the Bloomberg...