iqi wireless charger

Apple has patented a few wireless charging methods, but thus far it’s only implemented inductive-based wireless charging on the Apple Watch. We’re still required to connect our iPhones to chargers and Apple’s top dogs have made it clear in the past that existing solutions aren’t really the right answer to wireless charging.

But a new technology that Apple supplier Qualcomm unveiled earlier this week could pave the way for wireless charging on iPhones as it allows wireless charging for devices with metal exteriors.

Not only that, but Qualcomm’s solution can simultaneously charge multiple devices with different power requirements, say your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Before today, charging a device with a metal exterior has been incompatible with wireless charging technologies.

Qualcomm’s latest breakthrough is based on its WiPower technology and relies on a technology called Near Field Magnetic Resonance, as opposed to existing wireless charging methods that require induction charger which heats up metal objects.

Designed to be compliant with the Rezence standard, it’s the first announced solution to support wireless charging for metal devices. It also uses Bluetooth Smart to minimize hardware requirements.

Asa nice bonus, devices don’t have to be in direct contact with a charging pad, just within the charge area, and the technology can be embedded into things like coffee tables.

As mentioned before, it allows for simultaneous charging of multiple devices with varying power requirements on the same charging area.

Check out what wireless charging for metal devices looks like.

The full suite of WiPower reference designs is available to WiPower licensees, Qualcomm said. Apple is not a WiPower licensee so it remains to be seen whether it will pursue its own wireless charging designs or actually use Qualcomm’s technology.

Earlier this month, Qualcomm reported its quarterly revenue and profit fell 14 percent and 40 percent, respectively, from the year-ago quarter.

The company reported $5.8 billion in revenue and $1.2 billion in operating profit in the June quarter and said it would cut 15 percent of its workforce and $1.4 billion in spending this year.

Apple uses baseband modems from Qualcomm for iPhones and iPads, as well as Qualcomm-built power management and power tracker chips. However, there are rumors that a future Apple-designed processor could integrate Apple’s own baseband modem. The move has the potential to further expose Qualcomm financially for most of its business comes from Apple and Samsung.

Samsung’s latest devices increasingly use in-house designed chipsets, too.

After years of using Qualcomm-designed processors, the company has switched to its own in-house designed chip for the Galaxy S6 after finding that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 system-on-a-chip was plagued with overheating problems.

Photo: iQi Mobile wireless charger, an Indiegogo project.

Source: Qualcomm

  • Heitor Castro 

    Next gen. iPhone should get wireless charging and a Turbo Charger right now. Almost all high-end smartphones got it.

    • Bugs Bunnay

      Give it 2 years.

      • Dan

        or 3

      • Jeffrey

        Maybe 4

      • aizathisyam

        5 is highly most likely

      • Moltakfire

        I’d say 6. Gotta remember the ‘S’ varieties!

      • Jeffrey

        Or even 6, like Moltakfire says. 7 or 8 is a possibility too.

  • Jeffrey

    7th pargraph, asa should be as a.

  • PJ

    The closes thing to true wireless charging by far. I can see the charging area expanding in the near future with a way to enable or disable charging using the iPhone.

  • Dante Arellano

    Dha just put the charge point on the apple logo even the rear camera or flash this apple goes to slow it will takes another 25 years til see something futuristic int’ got time for da!!!

    • For many iOS devices, the Apple logo actually serves as the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antenna/window, using it for wireless charging would cause signal interference. Similarly the case with using the camera, which may interfere with the image sensor.

  • I prefer to use my phone while it’s charging.

  • Wireless charging is so much more convenient and should be built into the phone itself in my opinion, I have a slimline wireless charging receiver case on my 6 plus and a wireless charger next to my bed and one in the car which saves on fumbling around with trying to plug it in, I do have the tweak beepbeep installed though which silences the charging connected sound because when the battery is full it stops charging and then starts charging a while later like a topup and the beep can get annoying

    • Fumbling around? Is it really that serious?

      • If I forget to plug the cable in when I used a cable then yeah it is fumbling around trying to plug it in with 1 hand, my point is that it’s more convenient for me as it removes a step, but no it’s not that serious, just nice to have