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Apple Has at Least Five Different Groups Working on Wireless Charging Ahead of iPhone 8

Apple is widely expected to launch its first iPhone with wireless charging capabilities later this year, but rumors remain conflicting about whether the feature will be based on inductive technology, which would require a charging pad or puck, or a truly wireless long-range charging solution.


Apple recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of over 200 companies backing the Qi wireless charging standard, perhaps signaling that it is leaning towards an inductive solution. After all, the Apple Watch uses Qi, albeit a tweaked version that only works with Apple's own charger.

Qi, pronounced "chee," is capable of scaling from less than 1 watt to more than 2,000 watts of power, making the standard more than adequate enough for charging any smartphone. Its backing members include Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm, Dell, Canon, Sony, Huawei, Apple supplier Luxshare, and others.

Apple is known to test many different technologies behind closed doors, some of which never see the light of day. Reuters today, citing "a person with knowledge of the matter," said there are still "at least five different groups" working on wireless charging technology within the company ahead of new iPhones.

Just three months ago, Apple was said to have more than 10 different iPhone prototypes under development, so it could be experimenting with different charging solutions for future devices; however, with iPhone 8 production expected to begin relatively soon, Apple has likely already finalized the hardware.

Apple will reportedly begin production of its upcoming iPhones as early as next quarter, so the first part leaks will likely begin to surface over the next few months, which should give us a better idea of what to expect.

Apple is rumored to launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display, alongside updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, in September. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said all three iPhones will feature wireless charging, while some reports have said only the OLED model will be capable.



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4 weeks ago
Truely wireless power (power at a range) will be industry changing. Imagine only having to think about charging your phone/tablet/laptop once in a blue moon, like how you do with remote control batteries or clock batteries now. Imagine free power spots dotted around towns/cities just like free Wi-Fi is now.

Let's hope it's coming and more importantly - it's safe.
Rating: 15 Votes
4 weeks ago

I've never heard anyone pronounce it that way. I've only ever heard it pronounced as Q-I, and that's all I'll ever call it. And hopefully that won't be for long, since inductive charging for phones is useless and long-range charging, once perfected, is coming relatively soon.


It's chee.
Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago
Wireless chargers which still require you to plug them in to the wall. Hardly revolutionary.

Make the battery life better, then we wouldn't need to charge so often ;)
Rating: 8 Votes
4 weeks ago
If they waited all this time to come out with an inductive charging solution with a mat, I will laugh.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago

Wireless chargers which still require you to plug them in to the wall. Hardly revolutionary.

Make the battery life better, then we wouldn't need to charge so often ;)


Triple the battery and you're still charging every three days. Provide true wireless charging tech and you won't have to charge for weeks.
Rating: 6 Votes
4 weeks ago
Back in 2009

Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Kind of cutting it close if the rumor of early production is true, no? I mean it's March. Seems Apple's standard for the next iPhone would be set already. Perhaps 8 will be inductive and this is for the 2018 iPhone?
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago

adequate enough


You mean just "adequate" or "enough". Both is redundant, like saying "big large".
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

Over the air charging isn't revolutionary? I'd say that's a pretty big deal. :confused:

And remember that this will just be the first iteration of many. You can't really significantly advance any technology until you actually have lots of products out there and learn from customer feedback, or find problems that wouldn't have shown up during testing.


It's like complaining that 802.11b was not released as 802.11ac, so we should just not do it at all.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago

Truely wireless power (power at a range) will be industry changing. Imagine only having to think about charging your phone/tablet/laptop once in a blue moon, like how you do with remote control batteries or clock batteries now. Imagine free power spots dotted around towns/cities just like free Wi-Fi is now.

Let's hope it's coming and more importantly - it's safe.


But .. but .. I'll have to wrap my personal bits in aluminum foil to keep the cancer out!!!
Rating: 3 Votes

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