At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Los Angeles-based BEZALEL unveiled what it says is the first universal (i.e., dual-standard or dual-mode) wireless charging case for the iPhone. Called the Latitude, this case enables Apple smartphone users to power up wirelessly using any charger that employs either the Qi or PMA charging standard.
With its universal compatibility, the Latitude powers up the iPhone at all public places and in all products that offer wireless charging. The number of such locations and products is growing rapidly, according to BEZALEL CEO and Co-Founder Frank Wu. Those currently using the QI standard include McDonalds, IKEA (select furniture) and Toyota/Lexus vehicles; those using PMA include Starbucks, Delta Airlines and select GM vehicles.
Latitude made its debut on Kickstarter last year, and is now available for pre-sale on the BEZALEL website. It will soon be available widely via Amazon, as well as through retail partners internationally. It comes in black and white for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus, and includes a Lightning cable connector that lets users synch and charge their iPhone the old fashioned way. The cost is $49.90 for the iPhone 6/6s and $59.90 for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus.