Apple may introduce long-range wireless charging in next year's iPhone and iPad

By midian182
Jan 29, 2016
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  1. While there are quite a few smartphones available today that support wireless charging, such as the Galaxy S6, Apple has never embraced the technology in the same way its competitors have. But, according to a report from Bloomberg, this might change next year. Citing 'people familiar with the matter,' the report states that Apple may introduce ‘cutting edge’ wireless technology to its mobile devices in 2017, and it’ll work over a “long range,” so there’ll be no need for a charging mat or plate.

    Being able to wirelessly charge a device without it requiring physical contact with a charging surface would no doubt increase its appeal to consumers. But Apple still needs to get past some technical issues, such as the potential loss of power over distances. The report did add that the decision on implementing the technology is still being assessed.

    Apple does use a form of Qi wireless charging in the Apple Watch, but it requires the device to be placed on a magnetic charging surface. Qi technology can transmit power over a distance, although it is limited to around 4cm (1.6 inches).

    Apple has filed a number of patents related to wireless charging technology, but a large number of companies file design patents that never end up becoming actual products. However, considering that this is Apple’s take on an existing technology, rather than one it came up with itself, there’s more likelihood of it becoming a reality.

    If the report proves to be true, the feature could help Apple increase its iPhone growth next year, which has stagnated recently.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Now this would probably add a bit value. I've never seen the point of wireless charging as we know it now, in fact I couldn't care less about it. It's much ado about nothing as far as I'm concerned.
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,526   +680

    If they can overcome the technical limitations it will certainly be a major breakthrough for the entire industry that relies on batteries to power it's devices. It will be equally interesting to see the future studies in any long term health effects from humans being in close proximity to the "source" devices.
  4. RoosterFish2

    RoosterFish2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +30

    Wake me up when they say how far "long range" is.
    MadMonkey likes this.
  5. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,292   +55

    Remember nikola tesla's way. Ge knows how that works.
  6. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Wounder what type of cancer that will cause...
  7. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +353

    Oh no! The phone might have to be 1.0 mm thicker. What will they do?
    Probably decrease the size of the battery. ;)
  8. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,588   +278

    My last 3 phones have used it, very handy when going to bed after a late gaming session and putting phone to charge beside the bed without waking your other half :)

    Don't see the need for long range charging other than for folks who suffer anxiety attacks when they are separated from their phones for more than a few minutes...

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