Apple Exploring Wireless Charging for iPhone as Early as 2013?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Digitimes is reporting that both Apple and Samsung are expected to introduce wireless charging solutions for their "flagship models" of smartphones in 2013.

    While their "industry sources" pinpoint Qi inductive charging as the technology to be used by Samsung, Apple appears to be working on their own version of wireless charging.
    Samsung's solution is said to be likely an add-on accessory to replace the back-cover of their smartphones. Palm used a similar back-cover replacement option for their short lived Touchstone wireless charging system for the Palm Pre. Digitimes' sources, however, weren't clear if Apple's solution would be built-in or an additional accessory.

    Speculation has linked Apple to wireless charging solutions before, but Apple's Phil Schiller downplayed that possibility in late 2012. When questioned by AllThingsD about wireless charging systems:
    Apple has previously been shown to have done research into magnetic resonance charging technology which is distinct from the more commonly used inductive wireless charging.

    Digitimes has a mixed record with Apple rumors, so Apple's likelihood of incorporating such technology so soon remains uncertain.

    Article Link: Apple Exploring Wireless Charging for iPhone as Early as 2013?
  2. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  3. sconnor99 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2005
    Why on earth does anyone care about wireless charging?
  4. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    If they can make it so the phone will charge if it is within, lets say 1 foot of the base station, I think that would be awesome. I could just put my phone on the nightstand/desk and have it charge automatically. This way I don't forget to charge it ever again.
  5. adztaylor macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2009
    Preston, UK
    Course they'll be accessories and I shudder to think how much they will charge for it. I can see the appeal but not interested.
  6. bryan85 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010

    Honestly don't bother. They should focus on longer battery life.
  7. coltman75 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2010
    I don't see the benefit of a wireless charger. Don't you still have to set the device on a pad? How would you go about charging in your car? Would you have to lay the charging pad on the dash or the seat, and then pick up your phone whenever it slides off the pad?

    The cord takes up essentially no desk space. A charging pad or dock would take up space on the desk. It just doesn't seem like a good idea beyond being a showroom feature.
  8. AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    Apple, give us what we really want: an upgraded, more expensive version of Lightning! Every adaptor cable should be at least dual core.
  9. sshhoott macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2010
    I already have enough dose of electromagnetic radiation by browsing MacRumours all day. Don't want more.

    Plus, who wants to wait twice as long for the iPhone to charge? Not me.
  10. david510c macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2012
    I'm sure if wireless charging is added, it won't be the "only" way to charge the phone. It would be a welcoming supplement for people that work in an office. The phone can be picked up whenever, but will charge when it is laid down.
  11. Hawtin macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    I'd welcome this, mainly as lightning cables are total **** and are very likely to break.

    Makes you think If they are infact thinking about this, what was the point in launching Lightning cables in the first place?
  12. Neodym macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2002
    What are you doing with your cables? :eek:
  13. The Bulge macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Up your ass.
    It's really easy. Just integrate the charger in all the Macs. You spend quite some time around your Mac and your iOS device will be charging at the same time. Plus no extra cables would be required in the wall outlet.
  14. komodrone macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
    create iTable -> any mobile device that sits on it will begin charging. boom billion dollar idea.

    and then someone will spill coffee, short out the table and all devices will fry.
  15. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010

    It's more for the sake of a little extra convenience, I use a Wireless Charger because all I have to do is set it on a little orb and not fumble in the dark trying to find the port on the bottom. I also like the angle it sits at.


    The lightning charger goes in both ways, is there a point? Yes, a little extra convenience. Is wireless syncing pointless? No, it's a little more convenient.
  16. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2007
    Uh, you'd use a cord? Wireless charging doesn't replace the cable, it supplements it (after all Apple will still need a lightning connector on the device...). So in the car you use a normal car charger and at home you have a convenient pad to just put your phone on rather than fish about for a cable. Is this for everyone? Absolutely not but for some it would fit in to their normal use quite nicely.
  17. Hawtin macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2012
    Nothing out of the ordinary, I just find my cable very weak and flimsy. The internal cabling feels very loose where they join the actual charger. Think lots of people have had this issue
  18. ilmman macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2012
    Samsung will make platforms to place the device to charge and Apple will make their iPhone charge when you walk into the house while the phone is still in your pocket..
  19. The Bulge macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Up your ass.
    OMG innovation :eek:
  20. Klae17 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    You guys complain about everything. If you don't like it don't get it. But don't cry about Apple lacking innovation when they don't do something you don't like but will end up buying anyways.

    Annoying as hell and getting tired of it. Go on another site if you don't like what Apple is doing.
  21. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008
    Disadvantages of wireless charging

    • Can't use (hold) the phone when charging
    • Charging is slower
    • Charging is less efficient
    • Costs money to implement. I would rather have other features in its place
  22. DennisD7 macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2012
    London, UK
    The only way I see this happening is if they make all Macs into base stations, and of course keep the Lightning as an option.
  23. Mike MA macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Well, following this approach we would still be living in caves...
  24. Mackan macrumors 65816

    Sep 16, 2007
    Apple's standard approach,

    - Deny that they are interested in any feature the mainstream competitors already use.
    - A year later, introduce the same feature, and call it revolutionary.

    For example, you saw this with the screen size. Soon you'll get wireless charging and NFC. Both have Apple dismissed interest in, yet both will arrive, about 2-3 years after the competition. With proprietary technology, of course.

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