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Apple to unveil iPhone wireless charging with AirPods

Move comes as Chinese suppliers fuel competition for share of earphone supply chain

The Apple iPhone 7 and AirPods are displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco, California, U.S.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Users of iPhones will soon be able to wirelessly charge their handsets using the charging case for Apple's popular AirPods wireless earphones, according to an industry source familiar with the plan.

"The product could be available as soon as the end of this year," this person said. "However, the schedule is still subject to change."

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