I like the concept Of wireless charging. But I really don't see the need for this personally. I have no need for wireless charging with a dock or charging mat. It's Not anymore convenient for me, as I much prefer using the lightning cable. And At least if it's connected to the lightning cable, I could still use it while it's charging.
Until we see the addition of long range wireless charging, then my interest will be more Piqued.
And if it's not long range I don't really see a point in wireless charging. don't see a huge difference in placing on a charging dock vs plugging in a charger.
Not excited about this type of wireless charging... I still need to put it at a specific spot to charge. Lightning cables are so easy to connect, I really don’t see the advantage of charging pads. With a cable it can charge while I hold an use it.
What I would like is true contactless wireless charging.
I, like hundreds of millions of other smartphone users, commonly use my device while it is plugged in, charging. I lay in bed with it charging almost daily. It's pivotal to usability.
(assuming all these rumors are true)
For one, the lightning port will still be there, so no worries. It's an optional charging method that will be sold separately; no one is being forced. Two, a charging puck at the end of a cable like the Apple Watch charger would provide the same advantage you all speak of (being able to use it while charging) along with the new methods of charging (dock, mat, etc). So since the added advantages of inductive charging--not requiring sight nor two hands to plug in and saving wear and tear on the lightning port (as worthless as these advantages seem to be to some)--don't take away from the advantage of lightning in any way, I'm not sure what there is left to disagree about--except maybe the name of this charging method.