Apple Has at Least Five Different Groups Working on Wireless Charging Ahead of iPhone 8

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is widely expected to launch its first iPhone with wireless charging capabilities later this year, but rumors remain conflicting about whether the feature will be based on inductive technology, which would require a charging pad or puck, or a truly wireless long-range charging solution.


    Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of over 200 companies backing the Qi wireless charging standard, perhaps signaling that it is leaning towards an inductive solution. After all, the Apple Watch uses Qi, albeit a tweaked version that only works with Apple's own charger.

    Qi, pronounced "chee," is capable of scaling from less than 1 watt to more than 2,000 watts of power, making the standard more than adequate enough for charging any smartphone. Its backing members include Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Dell, Canon, Sony, Huawei, Apple supplier Luxshare, and others.

    Apple is known to test many different technologies behind closed doors, some of which never see the light of day. Reuters today, citing "a person with knowledge of the matter," said there are still "at least five different groups" working on wireless charging technology within the company ahead of new iPhones.

    Just three months ago, Apple was said to have more than 10 different iPhone prototypes under development, so it could be experimenting with different charging solutions for future devices; however, with iPhone 8 production expected to begin relatively soon, Apple has likely already finalized the hardware.

    Apple will reportedly begin production of its upcoming iPhones as early as next quarter, so the first part leaks will likely begin to surface over the next few months, which should give us a better idea of what to expect.

    Apple is rumored to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display, alongside updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, in September. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said all three iPhones will feature wireless charging, while some reports have said only the OLED model will be capable.

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  2. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Kind of cutting it close if the rumor of early production is true, no? I mean it's March. Seems Apple's standard for the next iPhone would be set already. Perhaps 8 will be inductive and this is for the 2018 iPhone?
  3. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Truely wireless power (power at a range) will be industry changing. Imagine only having to think about charging your phone/tablet/laptop once in a blue moon, like how you do with remote control batteries or clock batteries now. Imagine free power spots dotted around towns/cities just like free Wi-Fi is now.

    Let's hope it's coming and more importantly - it's safe.
  4. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    They will suck everybody in this year with new design and features and then maybe the following year a kick ass wireless charging option.
  5. ImKay macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2011
    I just know they're gonna have proprietary charging and it's going to be a pain in the ass if you have qi charging already
  6. Morgenland macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2009
    Wireless Power Transmission... the more the better

  7. jarred125 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2011
    But .. but .. I'll have to wrap my personal bits in aluminum foil to keep the cancer out!!!
  8. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Why do I have a feeling that it's not going to happen this year?
    We want true wireless charging. Not charging on a mat.
  9. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    Wireless chargers which still require you to plug them in to the wall. Hardly revolutionary.

    Make the battery life better, then we wouldn't need to charge so often ;)
  10. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Remember - shiny side out to preserve freshness :eek::D
  11. zauriel macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2007
    Nixa, MO
    I've never heard anyone pronounce it that way. I've only ever heard it pronounced as Q-I, and that's all I'll ever call it. And hopefully that won't be for long, since inductive charging for phones is useless and long-range charging, once perfected, is coming relatively soon.
  12. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Triple the battery and you're still charging every three days. Provide true wireless charging tech and you won't have to charge for weeks.
  13. jarred125 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2011
    It's chee.
  14. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
    If we were on the lost island, all devices would be capable of charging wirelessly.
  15. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I know a lot of people are going to disagree, but imo if the iPhone will have inductive charging, then it will be little different than charging it on a cable. Well, except you can easily use an iPhone that is charging on a cable, but I doubt it would be easy to use the phone while doing inductive charging unless the pad is small and magnetically attaches. Still, it would be almost like using a charging cable, so it would be kind of gimmicky to me.

    This would be amazing, and would change how many things, such as automobiles, aircraft, trains, homes, offices, and many other things are built/designed.

    I hope that the iPhone 8, X, 7s, 6sss, or whatever it will be call, has this technology, but I doubt it will.
  16. ksnell macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2012
    If they waited all this time to come out with an inductive charging solution with a mat, I will laugh.
  17. kuwxman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2009
    Olathe, KS
  18. andy9l macrumors 68000

    Aug 31, 2009
    England, UK
    What's the point in wireless charging?

    It presents the opportunity for Apple to completely remove that last remaining port, I get that - but that isn't happening this year. So, what's the point?

    It's simply more inconvenient than a wire for travel, and provides absolutely no benefit in the home.

    Assuming proprietary  Charge, of course.
  19. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    Really? Still working on it.. so that whole rumor about they are already ramping production wasn't true? I'M STUNNED! These rumors crack me up, there's a small shred of truth in some, most are completely off base.
  20. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68020


    Apr 7, 2007
    It seems this is just a recycled article with a new headline?
  21. HJM.NL macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2016
    5 different groups working on this? I'm wondering how others do it... because they've had it for years and with MWC around the corner we will see new innovations where iPhone owners only can dream of. When you want technological innovation look at MWC at 27 February. When you want last years innovations at a premium price look at iPhone 8.
  22. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Over the air charging isn't revolutionary? I'd say that's a pretty big deal. :confused:

    And remember that this will just be the first iteration of many. You can't really significantly advance any technology until you actually have lots of products out there and learn from customer feedback, or find problems that wouldn't have shown up during testing.
  23. Dormammu macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2013
    A mysterious location in the middle of nowhere
    This is how it is pronounced.
  24. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Probably but none of us are married to our phones and contracts are no more. If that feature is of value to someone then they can either sell their 2017 phone and buy the 2018 or turn their 2017 in for a 2018, depending on what kind of plan they are on.

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