Apple to Bring Extended-Range Wireless Charging to iPhone in 2017: Bloomberg

Apple is allegedly working with technology partners in the US and Asia to bring wireless charging to the iPhone as early as 2017, Bloomberg reports.

Apple wireless charging system

Current wireless charging solutions available to customers require the handset to be placed on a charging mat. The Apple Watch already has wireless charging, but Apple is seeking an innovative wireless charging method for the iPhone.

The technology described by the sources cited by Bloomberg would allow iPhone and iPad users to power their devices from a certain distance. Current technologies are too cumbersome, as they still need to be plugged into the wall, Apple’s head of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller commented a few years ago.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.

The Bloomberg report corroborates an earlier rumour claiming that Apple aimed to bring wireless charging to the iPhone. The report also said that since the technology is under development, it could be delayed, so don’t bet on an iPhone 7 with wireless charging. At least not yet.

Fact is, Apple has long been interested in wireless charging technology and has several patents in the area. A noteworthy patent published in 2012 describes an awesome wireless charging system that uses near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) power transmission, which uses an iMac acting as a central station that incorporates an NFMR power supply. (So, next year, if you want to charge your iPhone wirelessly, you may want to buy and iMac[?}.)

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  • McHuman

    I never understood the hype around current state of wireless charging, the charging station has to be plugged in, and the phone cannot be used while charging, where is the convenience? What am I missing?