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Is Apple Ditching iPhone Wires Completely?

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It was only a month ago that iPhone users were told they'd soon have a welcome break from their iPhone cables. At the WWDC 2011, Steve Jobs and Co. announced that, starting with iOS 5, phone activations and updates would be over-the-air (OTA). Along with the wireless iTunes transfers and syncing, iPhone users are that much closer to not having to be so reliant on cables.

Sure, that's long been one of the appeals of Android, but that's beside the point.

According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, iPhone's future could become even less tethered.

To no surprise, Apple is already hard at work on next year's iPhone revamp -- its sixth iteration. While the forthcoming model in September is said to be thinner and lighter and include an 8 megapixel camera, next year's device will reportedly sport a "major revamp" and feature "a new way of charging the phone."

And what could be a "new way" for Apple other than getting rid of those pesky proprietary cables?

We've already seen various third party products which allow wirelessly charging iPhones via a charging mat and a device add-on. Of course, HP products -- like its TouchPad tablet -- already feature wireless charging.

And if Apple can't keep up with HP technology, we have a bit of a problem.

(See also: What's Apple Really Doing to the iPhone 5? and Europe Closing in on Phone Charger Singularity)

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