‘Amazing’ collaboration: Utah company teams with Apple to create its wireless chargers


Mophie, a subsidiary of Midvale-based Zagg, collaborated with Apple on a new, wireless charging pad designed to work with new products Apple unveiled at its news conference on Tuesday.

MIDVALE — It’s a phone call that virtually any company on the planet would love to get — Apple, Inc. ringing to ask if you’re interested in collaborating on a new product.

For officials at Midvale-based Zagg, that call came about nine months ago when the largest tech company (and ninth largest company of any kind) in the world contacted them to see if they would be interested in developing a new, wireless charging pad that would be compatible with Apple’s new line of must-have digital gadgets.

“The idea was that we could launch, together, a wireless charger optimized for their new devices,” said Zagg CEO Randy Hales. “This is something that very rarely happens.”

The company jumped at the opportunity and worked with Apple’s tech corp, a team Hales noted that has “some of the best engineering skill sets in the world,” to bring that wireless charger to fruition.

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made the official announcement of a wireless charging option for the new iPhone 8, the iPhone X, the Series 3 Apple Watch and the updated AirPod earbuds. Through the collaboration with Apple, Zagg subsidiary mophie developed a wireless charging pad that’s been custom designed to work with the products, all of which made their debut Tuesday on the stage of the Steve Jobs Theatre, part of Apple’s futuristic new campus dubbed Apple Park.

Hales said mophie, a company that doesn’t capitalize its name and has made a name for…

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