Moore’s Law states that technological advances become exponentially more frequent as time goes on, for those of us on the front-lines that’s very exciting, but it does mean we’re getting more and more tech that we have to work out. Wireless tech is not new, but in the last few years, we’ve seen them majorly adopted by mobile manufacturers, so we’ve decided to round up some info for you on wireless charging and headphones.

Wireless Charging: How Does It Work?

Okay, so wireless charging or inductive charging is the process by which an electromagnetic field is used to transfer energy between two objects through electromagnetic induction. Which is a very complicated way of saying that if your phone supports wireless charging you can place it on a charging station and it’ll power up.

The most popular kind of inductive charging is called Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) and that’s what popular manufacturers like Samsung use, in fact, that’s why they’re surrounded by Gorilla Glass – to help the transfer of energy.

Wireless Charging: Is It Better?
 

Well, it’s a new technology, so the answer is yes and no. Samsung has long been champions of the technology and they use it well, so with new mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus you shouldn’t find there’s any difference in speed between charging with wires or without. As the technology develops though, there’s the potential for it to be even faster.

There are other benefits too, without the wear and tear on your USB charging socket the hardware itself can stay useable for longer, it’s easier to make devices waterproof and once perfected could mean an end to wires altogether which would be great for us as users and the environment. If you’re desperate for an awesome mobile that’s compatible with wireless charging, then the market-leading Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is available at Techscheme with up to £93 of savings off the RRP.

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Wireless Headphones: How Do They Work?
 

Explaining wireless headphones is a little easier, as it’s a similar process to many other wireless technologies. It is in fact, quite an old idea now, but the popularisation of it after Apple’s adoption with the iPhone 7 makes it worth talking about. Basically, the headphones will transmit and receive signals using either radio or infrared signals.

The most prevalent way of doing this is, of course, Bluetooth, which is how Apple’s AirPods work. They even have infrared sensors that tell them when the pods are out of your ears to automatically pause the music.

Wireless Headphones: Are They Better?
 

They’ve been around for a while and with that comes a certain level of proficiency, which is likely why we’re starting to see them fully adopted by mobile manufacturers. There can be a drop-off in sound quality with wireless headphones but if your device is nearby, as it would be with your phone, it’s not that common.

Like with wireless charging, no headphone wires mean you don’t need a socket for them, freeing up space on the hardware itself and making it easier to waterproof. There’s also the convenience of it, wireless headphones are perfect for more active lifestyles and through the power of Bluetooth you can use one pair of headphones to pair up with all your devices for added convenience and no scrabbling around to find the socket for the jack on the telly.

Desperate to get rid of that headphone jack? Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus has gone totally wireless, and handily, it’s also one of the best mobiles around today. With Techscheme we can save you up to £110 on the flagship mobile.

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Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
iPhone 7 Plus 256GB £919.00 £110.28 £808.72
Galaxy S8 Plus £779.00 £93.48 £685.52

Now we’re up to speed on those two, it’s probably time for some new groundbreaking technology to rear its head. We’ll try and keep you informed at Techscheme while also offering up to 12% discounts from RRP on top tech items while letting you spread the cost for up to three years. We’re an employee benefits scheme, which means if your employer isn’t signed up then you can’t take advantage of our deals. Luckily, it’s free for your employer to sign up, and there are benefits for them too. So why not ask them to pay us a visit.