Apple Said to Be Testing Wireless Charging Coils for iWatch


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Apple’s forthcoming iWatch will likely feature wireless charging, according to Chinese sources citing Luxshare insiders (Via GforGames).

With the iWatch reportedly on the horizon – it is widely expected to launch sometime this year – Apple has been busy selecting wireless charging coil suppliers. According to rumours coming from China, Apple is considering two companies, one of which is Luxshare. There is no word about the second as yet.

However, citing Luxshare insiders, the report says the supplier has already sent wireless charging coils to Apple for certification. If the coils are passed, the iWatch will be unveiled in the second half of the year.

Fact is, Luxshare has so far declined to give any details about the possible partnership, mainly because the product is not yet available.

The information leak revives an earlier rumour from last December claiming that Apple was considering wireless charging for its forthcoming iWatch. Back then the source mentioned there would be two iWatch prototypes with 100 mAh batteries in Apple’s labs. The main issue, however, surrounded battery life, as a 1–2-day charge isn’t up to Apple’s proposed standard of 4–5 days.

The iWatch will reportedly feature a round face and enter production in July or August, according to Brian Blair’s sources.


  • Tim

    I bet it will use some kind of proprietary wireless charging protocol, with it’s own branding (“wirelessly charge your iwatch on any Apple Zap charging pad) rather than playing nice with the current Qi wireless charging protocol. BTW, I have two of these pads for my nexus 5, one by my bed and one at the office. The phone had decent battery life to begin with but I effectively never worry about charge status now. The ease of plopping your phone on a pad vs. plugging it in makes a big difference in how often one charges their device, and it would be a hard sell to get me on any phone without this capability again.

  • It would be cool if there was some sort of solar or kinetic charging interface to help give your battery extra juice before actually needing to charge your device.