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Is Apple's iPhone going to get wireless charging?

The tech giant offers the electrifying news that it's joined a wireless charging standards group.

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If you've been holding out hope for wireless charging to come to the iPhone, chew on this: Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the company confirmed Monday.

Apple declined to comment on future products and whether it will include wireless charging in upcoming iPhones, but said it's a member of many standards development organizations.

"Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards," a spokeswoman said.

The Wireless Power Consortium is a group of 213 manufacturers that backs a single standard, called Qi, for wireless charging. It includes companies like Samsung, LG and HTC.

"As we have seen in the past year, Qi has become the de facto standard for wireless power, and this year we expect to see even more momentum by the entire ecosystem," WPC said in a statement, adding the companies with the largest share of the mobile phone market are now members.