Date: Friday, January 29th, 2016, 11:42
Category: battery, Hardware, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Rumor
It’s about time for wireless charging to come to your iOS devices.
That being said, Apple is rumored to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology that could be deployed on its mobile devices as soon as next year, according to sources close to the story.
Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous. Apple is apparently looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed.
In 2010 Apple made a patent application outlining a concept of using an iMac personal computer as a hub for wirelessly recharging at a distance of about 1 meter using a technique called near-field magnetic resonance. Apple currently uses a similar technique, called induction, to charge its Watch within millimeters of the power source.
Another Apple patent outlined a method for making aluminum phone casings that allow radio waves to pass through, a technique that would minimize the problem of metal interfering with transmitted signals.
Apple has previously played down its interest in any charging technology that still needs to be plugged into a wall socket because such methods would add little convenience.
Semiconductor outfits Broadcom and Qualcomm are among those who have developed or are developing technology and standards for wireless charging, although it’s currently unknown as to which suppliers Apple is in contact with regarding wireless charging for its iOS devices.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.