According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is working on wireless charging technology that might be featured in iPhones by 2017. But this isn’t like any other wireless charging technologies. In fact, the report claims that it is a long range wireless technology, which can mean that charging will go beyond current inductive solutions for wireless charging.
As cool as it may sound, there are some shortcomings as well. Apple might have to deal with the fact that distance will affect this technology, meaning that the further the device is away from the receiver, the lesser power it receives, and eventually, a charging connection loss.
Wireless charging is a feature that has been rumored to be on the next iteration of the iPhone. However, after this report, it seems like we won’t be meeting this feature in 2016.
Apple has been submitting patents regarding wireless charging technology for more than five years now since 2010. The Apple Watch is capable of wireless charging, but only via a inductive method of charging, which means the Apple Watch has to make contact with the charging pad in order for it to be charged.
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