Apple to Introduce New iDevice Charging Method Next Year?

By , Jul 8, 2011

We’ve already heard that Apple is researching wireless charging methods. We reported on an Apple patent a few weeks ago that suggested that the Cupertino company was investigating an alternative to standard plug-in chargers.

Now there is a new report suggesting that Apple is indeed interested in wire-free power. So much so, that many are speculating that the new technology could make its way into iDevices as early as 2012…

In a lengthy article yesterday, The Wall Street Journal spelled out a lot of the rumors and expectation surrounding Apple’s next smartphone. The consensus seems to be that the next iPhone will be a moderate upgrade from the current model.

However, next year’s model is a different story. The iPhone 6 has been rumored to be a total revamp, sporting a completely new design and a host of new features. According to the WSJ, one of its new features could have something to do with charging:

“People briefed on Apple’s plans said the company is planning a major iPhone revamp then, with one person saying the company has been experimenting with the features such as a new way of charging the phone.”

This matches the information given to Joshua Topolsky from This is my next earlier this year:

“While the art we’ve seen shows some form of inductive or touch charging, our sources can’t confirm whether or not Apple’s working on its own version of cable-free juicing.”

As 9to5Mac points out, this could suggest that Apple is working on a Palm Pre-esque type of charger. The Palm Pre line has offered the Touchstone wireless charging method since its inception in 2009.

Many folks have expressed a concern over wireless charging hampering battery performance or charge time, but I don’t think that would be a problem. Apple has set the bar so high already, they wouldn’t dream of going backwards.

What do you think?

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  • Revvxz

    ALREADY? Where talking about the iPhone 6 D:
    I think it would be pretty cool but..if it waste time, I would rather have
    a new iPad or iPhone…

  • Ben

    I agree I have a iPhone 4 and I don’t want to have to start looking for chargeing cables when the wire free method comes out
    I am also worried about the charging time I hope that won’t be a problem.

  • luisjoset

    HEy, whats the name on the case used in that pic? looks great

  • Ben

    The name on the case is powerpod

  • luisjoset

    Tx Ben!

  • http://revjoel.blogspot.com RevJoel

    My thought: I would like to see a solar charger build into the casing, but that won’t happen. Maybe a built in wind charger? You throw your phone to juice it! LOL!

  • DeltaJB

    id love some real proof of what the iphone 5 has for us,,, ip6? even apple dont know what that would be like ha ha

  • Gustav Jensen

    Of course apple knows what iPhone 6 will be like. According to rumors iPhone 5 is already in production, which means they are already working on iPhone 6 and probably also have plans for the next one, iPhone 7

  • DeltaJB

    ah but as you said they are RUMORS!! lol
    they might be in the process of desigin the components for the ip6 but other than that i wouldnt say they know as they wouldnt even know what components are needed and if they can be made! sure as you seen with the ip4, the components where only paitented a few months before it was out!
    it depends what them mad oul factorys can make and how much it will cost and if apple and or can not get exclusivity on them!

    id love to know! they might have ideas and one or 2 good bits but i would say their a million miles away!

    i lub the rumor that the ip5 will be all glass and see tru,, but will that happen? i think not! but id love that ha ha!!

  • DeltaJB

    but in regards to IOs5 you should read this:
    Blob monster

    It looks like Apple is about to aggressively combat the “replay attacks” that have until now allowed users to use iTunes to restore to previous firmware versions using saved SHSH blobs.

    Those of you who have been jailbreaking for a while have probably heard us periodically warn you to “save your blobs” for each firmware using either Cydia or TinyUmbrella (or even the “copy from /tmp during restore” method for advanced users). Saving your blobs for a given firmware on your specific device allows you to restore *that* device to *that* firmware even after Apple has stopped signing it. That’s all about to change.

    Starting with the iOS5 beta, the role of the “APTicket” is changing — it’s being used much like the “BBTicket” has always been used. The LLB and iBoot stages of the boot sequence are being refined to depend on the authenticity of the APTicket, which is uniquely generated at each and every restore (in other words, it doesn’t depend merely on your ECID and firmware version…it changes every time you restore, based partly on a random number). This APTicket authentication will happen at every boot, not just at restore time. Because only Apple has the crypto keys to properly sign the per-restore APTicket, replayed APTickets are useless.

    This will only affect restores starting at iOS5 and onward, and Apple will be able to flip that switch off and on at will (by opening or closing the APTicket signing window for that firmware, like they do for the BBTicket). geohot’s limera1n exploit occurs before any of this new checking is done, so tethered jailbreaks will still always be possible for devices where limera1n applies. Also, restoring to pre-5.0 firmwares with saved blobs will still be possible (but you’ll soon start to need to use older iTunes versions for that). Note that iTunes ultimately is *not* the component that matters here..it’s the boot sequence on the device starting with the LLB.

    Although it’s always been just “a matter of time” before Apple started doing this (they’ve always done this with the BBTicket), it’s still a significant move on Apple’s part (and it also dovetails with certain technical requirements of their upcoming OTA “delta” updates).

    Note: although there may still be ways to combat this, a beta period is really not the time or place to discuss them. We’re just letting you know what Apple has already done in their exisiting beta releases — they’ve stepped up their game!

  • Brandon

    Thunderbolt!

  • Vincent

    If it is wireless, I do hope there is still the option to charge wired. I like having a dock connector cables in my car, bedroom, and desk and wouldn’t like to have to buy an extra 2 pricy wireless charging stations (as opposed to just a few extra cheap USB cables).