CES 2014: WiTricity Announces New Wireless Charging System Design for iPhone 5/5s

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Wireless power firm WiTricity today announced the release of a reference design for its new wireless charging system aimed at the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Moving beyond existing induction power transfer technologies such as Powermat that require direct contact with a charging pad, WiTricity's system supports power transfer over short distances using magnetic resonance, allowing charging pads to be kept out of sight such as mounted on the bottom surface of a desk.

    We first explored Apple's connection to WiTricity in July 2011 after it was reported that Apple was working on a "new way of charging" the iPhone, and while that way turned out to simply be the Lightning connector introduced in the iPhone 5, Apple does clearly have an interest in wireless charging and WiTricity's technology in particular.

    Patent applications from Apple have outlined how the company could use something in line with WiTricity's technology to allow a computer such as an iMac to serve as a wireless charging hub, with accessories and other devices such as keyboard, mice, and iOS devices able to be charged simply by being in close proximity to the iMac. Shortly after the publication of a key Apple patent application on the concept, WiTricity even demoed how such a system would work.

    WiTricity's system announced today is a reference design not meant for direct sale to consumers, but it will allow the company to partner with a variety of other firms such as device manufacturers, accessory companies, and furniture makers to explore implementation of the technology.

    Article Link: CES 2014: WiTricity Announces New Wireless Charging System Design for iPhone 5/5s
  2. andrewpturko macrumors regular


    Apr 23, 2012
    This is awesome, now just time for apple to integrate it as an official feature and fix that ugly design.
  3. Lapidus macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Let's just wait for Apple to implement this so people without the ugly case can also use it :)
  4. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    If it doesn't need a case, that's great. But honestly, what is so hard about plugging in your phone. If it has to be within a certain proximity to the base, you might as well plug it in. I can't imagine this charges faster and would probably charge slower than a typical wired connection.

    For something like an iWatch it makes sense, but for a phone not as much.

    In 3 years if I can have an Apple designed charging station/caddy for my kitchen that charges phones, iPads, iPods, and they all just have to sit on the counter within 5 feet, that would be welcome. But this stuff is just baby steps novelty.
  5. jsalda macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2008
    Nikola Tesla would be proud that his technology is finally becoming mainstream; 100 years later.
  6. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008
    I don't really see the point of these, they're slower, less efficient and you can't hold the phone when it's charging - you may as well just plug it in.
  7. Deedlez macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    Nice idea, but boy is that stand ugly. :eek:

    Wireless charging will be the big selling point of the iPhone 7 in 2016. And the stand/rest pad thing will be simple and unobtrusive, the exact opposite of this monstrosity!
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G4


    Jun 12, 2012
    oh...my nexus 4 did that without a case :p

    seriously...no one wants to put a case on their phone to achieve wireless charging.
  9. Deedlez macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    Absolutely agree!
  10. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Just another Android ripoff. At least the Android wireless chargers don't look lame like this one.
  11. willcapellaro macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
    Pogo pins would have been fine

    I want the combo of this powerful threesome: original Nexus 7, Apple's magsafe and the iPhone dock. It need only have the slightest magnetic or spring-loaded contact to make the circuit.
  12. Nozuka macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2012
    Because wireless chargers are an "Android" invention.
  13. Ashin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2010
    Doesn't it defeat the convenience of wireless charging if you first have to plug it into a special case... AND THEN put it onto the charging pad...

    Utterly stupid - and no, don't say "you can just leave the case on" - it looks ugly as sin and adds bulk
  14. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    What was so hard about plugging in a LAN cable into your laptop at home?

  15. sonofmof macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2005
    i'm not so interested in charging my phone, but my keyboard, mouse and trackpad and a headset, makes this very interesting....
  16. AppleWarMachine macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    Don't you still need to plug the charging base in? :confused:
    I'll just plug in my phone (I just won't look as cool)
  17. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    But that hub will always need to plugin constantly. It wont be as simple as plug in the cord to the wall when I NEED to charge the phone.
    This technology is still a novelty imo.
  18. Millah macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    Guess what, Electric toothbrushes have been using inductive charging for YEARS. Can't exactly let a battery inside a toothbrush get wet, so it makes sense for them. Inductive charging was not an Android invention. Jesus, even the Palm Pre had it before Android was even a blip on the radar.
  19. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    Totally worthless...

    A standard dock/cable will charge your device faster. Another gimmick to milk the "it's new so it must be better" market.
  20. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    Well, if it needs a case is because the phones doesn't have support for it.
  21. Millah macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2008
    No, completely different. Wifi allowed you to be free from the cable. Meaning you could roam and walk around your house while having a connection.

    This still needs to be on a charging pad. You're not exactly free from the chord, the chord just isn't attached directly to the phone and is instead attached 5 inches away from it.
  22. Menneisyys2 macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Not Qi compatible? And not really offering protection? No go.

    Apple seriously should consider adding Qi support. It's so convenient. I love it on my non-iOS devices (e.g., the Nexus 7.2013). A durable Otterbox case, with Qi support for the 5 / 5s would, on the other hand, be GREAT and I definitely would purchase it.
  23. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Nothing unless I want to use my laptop at the breakfast table, on the couch, in bed, etc.
  24. curmudgeon32 macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    Oh cool, can't wait to use this easel and gigantic case combo because it's so much more convenient than plugging in a cable.
  25. RobQuads macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ignore the case - its there to demo the concept using existing devices. This is not a product being sold to manufactures its a demo of how it works.

    This is the sort of wireless that people want IMO i.e. invisible. Charger station built into screen and then all the devices on the table just naturally charge.

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