Apple developing new long-range wireless charging tech for iPhone and iPad

By , Jan 28, 2016

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Apple is exploring new wireless charging technology for future iOS devices, Bloomberg reported late Thursday. Citing sources familiar with the plans, the outlet says the company is working with partners in the US and Asia to develop wireless charging tech that works over longer distances than current solutions offer.

Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private. The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.

While this may sound like something out of a Sci-Fi novel, it’s very real. Apple has filed multiple patents on long-range wireless charging, with one example showing an iMac transmitting power to a Magic Mouse and other nearby devices, and other products with similar technology are already preparing to go to market.

Bloomberg says that if Apple can overcome the technical barriers, the new wireless tech could make its way into iPhones and iPads as early as next year.

Source: Bloomberg

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  • Tommy Gumbs

    I would be happy with Short range wireless charging. Besides, it will be years before this happens. Apple does what they want, not what we want.

  • stylesbeyond

    who cares wireless charging is a gimmick you still have to be tied to a stupid pod thing its no different than a bloody cable

    • Toshke

      I think some people don’t get it. Imagine you have one wireless charger plugged in somewhere in your house, and all your iDevices charge automaticaly. Your iPad on the table, your iPhone in your pocket, your Magic Mouse on your desktop…

    • iPhoneWINS

      exact;ly

  • Where’s the article on Li-Fi? Saw some stuff on Twit.TV on it and can’t wait to see how companies start implementing and developing it.
    Also should be much more secure for the business that hosts a “Li-Fi Hotspot”, as it would be basically only work for someone within eyesight of the “router”. Anyway, I’m sure the iDB community would appreciate to hear about it too.

    • iPhoneWINS

      most web site sea ISPs are already serving slower than the fast tech we have now sky this is boring

  • askep3

    Watch shamesung still try to say Apple copied them lol

  • igorsky

    This is impossible…Apple doesn’t innovate!

    • iPhoneWINS

      still boring

  • [RECON1]

    This is something I’ve always thought about. Like maybe something plugged into the wall and when I walk into my room, phone starts charging. While power mats are nice, I use my phone too much to have it start and stop charging all the time. With something like this, I wouldn’t need to worry about that….That is, if they develop something along these lines.

  • Morgan Freeman

    Sounds great, but what are the health risks? There are already so many radio waves flying around nearly every square inch of our daily existence…should we add even more? Will it even matter? Are we doomed? Should I just set up a big Faraday cage to get the hell AWAY from all of this and give my brain and body a frickin’ break once in awhile?

  • Your Mother

    Except Samsung is also testing this technology and will have it on the market and in use long before apple will.

    They’re both licensing the tech so stop acting like apple invents something because they never do.

    • MrDDify

      It’s true apple doesn’t invent most of the technology they use, but the thing that they are good at taking existing technology and making it better and popular. Some examples are the touch screen, the finger print scanner, the smart phone it’s self. And the list goes on an on.

      So don’t be such a whiny bitch about it, because without apple we wouldn’t have smart phones like we have them today or even the OS system like we have it today.

  • Mohāmmèd Âłî

    Been waiting for this for a long time , the current wireless charging isn’t by any mean “wireless” .
    Finally someone is working of making it truly wireless .
    But i wonder how well they do it !!!!