Audi Cuts The Cord On In-Car Charging With New iPhone Case

Automakers are known to come up with various products unrelated to the car industry, from watches to perfumes and from clothes to toys.

This time, Audi has its eyes on smartphone wireless charging for two particular devices: Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, with a new case, which costs £35 ($45) in the United Kingdom.

Apple MFI certified, the case works in conjunction with the Audi Phone Box, which can be ordered as a standalone option from £325 ($420), as part of the Technology Pack, and features a lacquered polycarbonate finish that is said to be “robust and durable”, while protecting against light knocks and scratches.

The brand with the four rings states that once the Qi-enabled cover is fitted to the iOS-operating smartphones, these can be placed in the center console to start the charging process, without the need to plug in a separate cable via the USB port. The feature also works outside of the car on any base station that has Qi functionality, and thanks to its design, the camera lens, flash, headphone port, speakers and sensors haven’t been covered up.

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  • See the Doctor

    What’s that malignant growth on the end of the case? Really, this is a dumb idea.

    • Daniel Murphy

      That connects the case to the lightning connector so the QI charge works, makes perfect sense. If anything get mad at Apple for not supporting the QI charging standard not the case for having to compensate for it.

  • Tango India Mike

    Actually I reckon this looks okay as far as external cases go. Apple should include wireless charging in the iPhone 7…but they probably won’t!

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Or I can just wireless charge my phone without an ugly case like I do my S7 in my CTS-V.

    • TheHake

      Yup… if only the S7 wasn’t reliant on Android…

  • Vassilis

    Cool.

  • Enter Ranting

    But that case conceals the stunningly beautiful design of the iPhone 6! What would design genius Jony Ive say?!

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