Apple Rumoured to Adopt Wireless Charging for iPhone in 2013 [Digitimes]

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According to a report by Asian news outlet Digitimes, Apple and Samsung are rumoured to adopt wireless charging for their flagship models in 2013, according to ‘industry sources’; the latter is expected to introduce the Qi wireless charging standard for its upcoming Galaxy S IV, which may require consumers to purchase wireless back covers to utilize the new feature.

The Wireless Power Consortium has 138 members in 16 countries, with efforts to create a global standard for wireless charging, via its Qi technology.

As for Apple, the company is researching wireless charging technology internally but there is no word whether we will see this debut in 2013:

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.

Last November, an Apple patent revealed a wireless charging system based on near field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power transmission. Apple SVP Phil Schiller has previously stated in a former interview with AllThingsD wireless charging technology is not ready to go mainstream yet:

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

Apple has long been rumoured to be exploring wireless charging, with WSJ reports dating back to July of 2011 noting the company had “been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone.”

It is unknown whether Apple would introduce wireless charging, as like Schiller stated, the technology has yet to become popular, even though it widely debuted with the Touchstone and the Palm Pre (R.I.P.) back in early 2009.

What do you think? Will wireless charging ever hit the mainstream? You’d think it would considering how fast technology is changing in today’s smartphone world. For Apple, they would never be keen on releasing a feature just to be first, but rather take their time to do it right. Wireless charging still feels like it will be light years away.

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  • FragilityG4

    I honestly have no idea why there’s such hype around wireless charging … Are we all so lazy we can’t plug in a wire into our phone??

  • http://twitter.com/bertinio_7 Roberto Felgueiras

    I think it has more to do with carrying cables and broken or misfiring connections. For me, anyway. Besides, when talking about tech, what is it we really “need” anyway besides the basics we have had for years?

  • FragilityG4

    With wireless you would have to carry the base with you everywhere … The cables would be smaller and easier to carry. Broken or misfiring connections I would image would have a greater possibility with wireless than hardwired.

  • zero 95teen

    Having no cable for me to charge carry around is not a hype for me. They somehow need to innovate it though to make it a real wireless charging, no base to carry around is a ++.

  • K3

    Been dealing with a problem either in the connection or the cable for a few months now, wireless would be a blessing to avoid such situations. It could be possible that Apple will work in some solar capacity either in the back or front glass panels,a good feature for when the battery is almost out.

  • FragilityG4

    I think your connection problem is an anomaly … Take it to the Apple Store … Solar would be a cool idea but the technology is way too expensive.

  • K3

    No anomaly, still on 3gs but with the life support paddles out. As for expensive- if Apple believes a feature will be valued by a larger part of its customer base, they’ll find a way. Maybe switching to the robotic manufacturing will open the doors for the more costly parts.

    Now just wish that Mr.Gary would speed things along and ready a post for us on the next Keynote date….has to be coming up soon.

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  • FragilityG4

    I only got rid of my 3GS when the 5 came out. Through those three years I never had a charging problem. I known plenty of people that also had and have the 3GS and no problems.
    I think the solar is a good idea but I don’t think enough people would view it as a good selling point enough for Apple to invest heavily into. But I do agree if they did see it as a main point they would invest into it.

  • FragilityG4

    Yeah I had to order a battery off of eBay and replace it myself because the life by the end of the second year was next to nothing. I’m a heavy user who tethers a ton because I don’t have home Internet.
    I would love a solar option … I wonder if it would negatively effect the battery long term though … $180 is steep.