Rumor: Next iPhone To Feature Wireless Charging

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Wireless charging may be finally coming to the iPhone, according to a report on DigiTimes.

The Taiwanese based publication claims that according to their sources, Samsung and Apple could add the wireless charging feature to their smartphones as early as 2013.

DigiTimes reports:

Samsung is expected to adopt Qi wireless charging technology run by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) for its next flagship model, the Galaxy S IV, the sources indicated. [..]

[..] Apple is likely to adopt the wireless charging technology developed internally, but it remains unknown if the next-generation iPhone will come with built-in wireless charging capability or with other attached accessories, said the sources.

DigiTimes doesn’t expect the wireless charging feature to come built into Samsung Galaxy S4, which is expected to be unveiled next week. The report notes that users will have to buy replacement back covers for their smartphone for the wireless charging feature.

Qi wireless charging technology is the defacto standard currently, but it doesn’t come as a surprise that Apple is working on its own proprietary wireless charging technology.

Frankly, that may not be such as bad thing as the current wireless charging systems for smartphones still need you to be plugged to a wall and you need to place the device on a charging mat or pod. Last year, Apple’s Phil Schiller had explained why iPhone 5 didn’t come with wireless charging:

Schiller notes that the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes, he said.

“Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,” Schiller said.

So it will be interesting to see how Apple incorporates this technology into devices like the iPhone without needing another device. It’s going to be one heck of a challenge given the thickness of the iPhone 5 or lack of it.

But do I want the wireless charging feature? Yes absolutely, I wanted it yesterday.

Via: DigiTimes

  • Alan

    I definitely want wireless charging, but I agree, it seems pointless if I need to buy another accessory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kennard Steve Kennard

    iWirecharge only $149.99

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kennard Steve Kennard

    or coz the brits are screwed over only £160.00

  • RandomGamer342

    I feel like wireless charging is just a gimmick. Even if you had the ability to just plug in a wireless charger in an USB port, what difference would it make? Is being able to put your phone on a charging plate really that much of a difference from actually hooking the phone up to a wire, and is the worsened charge rate really worth it?

    I think it’s stupid until you have the ability to charge your phone from a distance, which *news flash* induction doesn’t do.

    All you’re doing is adding a useless middleman and advertising it as a feature

  • Byron Swift

    The headphone jack is on the bottom. Boom!!! Wireless charging is old news, give me something new Apple. Powermat has been around for a long time, and I think the Nexus 4 has wireless charging already as well.

  • johansson

    I think it’s a great idea but how in the world are they going to make it work?
    I mean transfering electricity through air is (atleast with the days tech) impossible.

    • Solferico

      My friend, wireless charging is already available, for example the lumia 920 already got this.

      • Johansson

        No I wouldn’t say that Lumia 920 has wireless charching because i don’t see how they can say that a phone touching a non removeable plate from a stand is wireless charching it’s just a much messier way to charge a phone. Wireless charcing is (according to me) when you sit infront of the tv and your phone needs to charge and you just press a button on the Iphone and the electricity sender in another room starts sending power to your device. That’s wireless charching for me and that tech doesn’t exist.

        • Solferico

          Oh, THAT wireless charging…. ;-)

        • JCT

          actually its quite easily done just buy enough charging mats to fill your roof and point them down amd as soon as you get home you are charging very expensive and the radiation lvl may not be good but hey you got what you wanted

  • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.sytnik Eugene Sytnik

    The convenience is not at home, folks. Convenience is at airports, cafe, hotels and such where these chargers can be installed say into a table or a tray, so you just put your device on and it is charging while you’re having your coffee. All without having to carry a cord or fiddle with one

    • RandomGamer342

      Why not just make a docking station, then? You’re still docking it, the only difference is having a faster charging cable or not.

      Heck, even better would be to just have three cable that you can draw out of a table/armrest so that you can charge any device, not just one iphone or one lumia(as a wireless charger would need to be pretty secure for it to work) AND still have the possibility of wearing a case on the phone

      As long as “wireless charging” means “induction” then pretty much anything you do with it will be useless

      • http://www.facebook.com/eugene.sytnik Eugene Sytnik

        because docking station for all types of devices requires connectors, as well as proper insertion. Then again, there’s more wear and tear involved vs. virtually none of it in wireless charging. Pretty much maintenance of this is much much easier with wireless technology

        Plus if industry comes with the new connector everyone would have to upgrade their setups if there were to use docking stations/cables.

  • Carlo

    It’s a fail

  • ITcrowd

    Wireless charging is not very efficient. More energy is wasted when compared to charging with cable. We are trying to design everything as “green” as possible, to minimize polution, save the energy. Wireless charging will not help with that. Not to mention yet another radiation around us. I’d be perfectly happy without this feature. What we really need is a better battery technology.

  • Mike

    How do you use a phone thats charging wirelessly?

  • http://www.facebook.com/thuong.ho.775 Po Wah

    too late apple stop stealing ideasssssssss
    nexus already has it and galaxy 4 will come with it as well