Apple Seeking Supplier for Wireless Charging Chips

Rumors have suggested Apple is exploring wireless charging as a feature to be included in the 2017 iPhone, and a new report from Taiwanese site Economic Daily News [Google Translate] suggests Apple has begun seeking suppliers for wireless charging components. Apple is said to have asked semiconductor company MediaTek to send chip samples for inclusion in a "dedicated wireless charging back cover."

Based on the wording of the report, it's unclear if Apple is working on wireless charging built into the next-generation iPhone or a wireless charging case that would be used alongside the next-generation iPhone for wireless charging purposes, but DigiTimes says the report refers to "peripherals" like iPhone cases to "try out" wireless charging.

An example of extended-range wireless charging from Energous, a company Apple could potentially be working with

Previous rumors have suggested Apple is exploring long-range wireless charging as a feature that could potentially be included in iPhones as soon as 2017. Long-range wireless charging is superior to many existing wireless charging methods because it does not require devices to be as close to a charging source or mat.

Apple has also been hiring engineers with expertise in wireless charging in recent months, confirming a definite interest in wireless charging technology.

Wireless charging, whether implemented through a case or built directly into the iPhone, is just one of the many impressive features rumored for the 2017 iPhone, which is the 10th anniversary iPhone. The device is expected to feature a complete design overhaul with a glass body and an edge-to-edge display, along with advanced biometric features like iris scanning and an enhanced Taptic engine to make up for the elimination of the Home button.

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Top Rated Comments

AppleFan91 Avatar
103 months ago
Darn, so that more or less confirms that there won't be any wireless charging option this year. I guess if they can make it truly wireless then it's for sure worth another year wait. Just please bring fast charging
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jdillings Avatar
103 months ago
Another reason not to buy this year's phone
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ghost187 Avatar
103 months ago
Extended range wireless charging will be the biggest thing since the internet if it works as seamlessly as demonstrated in that video.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ciclismo Avatar
103 months ago
Looks like the artist responsible for this video is a BMW fan.

Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
btrach144 Avatar
103 months ago
In the meantime, built in Qi wireless charging would be nice.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Born Again Avatar
103 months ago
I find it rediculous that we are looking at the 2017 iPhone as the real upgrade from the 2014 iphone.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)