Regulatory Filings May Point to Apple Partnership With Wireless Charging Firm Energous

Apple may be working with Energous on a wireless charging project according to regulatory filings discovered by VentureBeat. Energous certification documents dating back to 2014 features a mysterious "Apple compliance testing" listing, which could hint at a partnership.

According to VentureBeat, this is proof Apple is considering using Energous' WattUp wireless charging technology in one of its devices, but it should be noted that this listing isn't concrete proof of a relationship - it could also be a reference to MFi testing for an iPhone case or other WattUp iPhone accessory.

The conclusion here is obvious: the WattUp reference design would only undergo compliance testing at Apple if Apple is evaluating its use in one of its portable devices. And the fact that Energous names the company so nonchalantly and unambiguously seems to be suggestive of a well-formed relationship between the two.

While there continues to be no undeniable proof that Energous is working with Apple, there have been other hints. Energous has claimed it is working with "one of the top five consumer electronics companies," it has relationships with Apple manufacturers TSMC and Foxconn, and both are members of ANSI.

Energous also happens to be the only company that has a long-distance RF-based wireless charging system (WattUp) that's nearly ready to launch in consumer products. According to rumors, Apple is working on an extended range wireless charging solution, which would allow the iPhone to be charged at a distance without the need to be placed on a mat or other charging base. WattUp transmitters can charge devices located up to 15 feet away.

Apple is said to be planning to introduce wireless charging in the 2017 iPhone and may be working to overcome obstacles like the loss of power transfer efficiency that occurs when the distance between the transmitter and the receiver increases.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, "Wireless is the future." Given the recent removal of the headphone jack and the need for the Lightning port to serve multiple functions, wireless charging is a logical next step.

Over the course of the last several months, Apple has been hiring engineers with expertise in wireless charging and it's rumored to be seeking a supplier for wireless charging chips, suggesting there are plans in motion for the next-generation iPhone.

Read more on a possible partnership between Energous and WattUp.

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Top Rated Comments

Kaibelf Avatar
84 months ago
Apple, always playing catch-up. Shame on Tim. Samsung already has introduced a way to recharge their latest phones remotely as shown by this footage:

Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
allanfries Avatar
84 months ago
Nikola Tesla would be proud! :)
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agsystems Avatar
84 months ago
This looks amazing - the kind of thing, you would think Apple would like to own as a core technology
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
84 months ago
It's going to be hard to get this to work well with a metal cased device... at least without more antenna lines that people hate.
Which is why you swap to ceramic.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4419626 Avatar
84 months ago
I'm all for this as long as I don't have to deal with people yelling "wattup?!" at me all the time. I might riot.
That video was like a really cringey university animation project.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kaibelf Avatar
84 months ago

Is it not possible to have at least one thread where nobody takes a dig at Samsung. This is getting boring now.
If only the internet had more than one site! Or better yet, let's just let you supply a list of guidelines so that we don't run afoul of your curated list of what you want to read about that agrees with your tastes and wants, Your Majesty.
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