Energous says truly wireless charging tech rumored for next iPhone is coming this year

By , Jan 4, 2017

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Rumored Apple partner Energous says its truly wireless charging tech is nearly market-ready. In a phone call ahead of CES, the company’s CEO Steve Rizzone told The Verge their wireless charging transmitters, capable charging devices wirelessly from several feet away, will begin shipping by the end of 2017.

As you may recall, the company made a similar claim at CES 2015, but Rizzone says their plans changed after it signed a “key strategic partnership” following the convention. The deal saw Energous refocus its efforts on miniaturizing the tech, and gave its partner the right to be the first to ship it in its products.

The “key” partner is believed to be Apple, and Rizzone is happy to add fuel to the fire. He won’t say the partner’s name, but he told The Verge that it is “one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world” and was confident that most folks have products from them on their person, desk or at home.

That, of course, could be a reference to Samsung or others, but if it’s Apple, it could mean we’ll finally see an iPhone with wireless charging tech this year. The handset is one of the few smartphones on the market these days that doesn’t support wireless charging, though current tech still keeps you tied to an outlet.

Source: The Verge

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  • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

    I CANNOT WaiT!

    • Diego Milano

      Oh, I can, really.

      • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

        I will be an Early Adopter!!

  • James Coulee

    I hope they put it on macs so that they can charge their keyboards, mice and other devices nearby

    • czbird

      Yeah. With proper adaptor. But wait, that would mean you just used your only port. So, adaptor and splitter at least. Vivat Apple’s way of “cable less mobile professionalism” lol

      • James Coulee

        It would be wireless… so pretty much -I suspect- portness 🙂 but you won’t have to buy it, you know? A lot of perfectly good options out there.

    • Diego Milano

      That is such a good idea there!

    • Actually Apple has that idea patented already. When that surfaced everyone started rumors a few years back that apple was about to release an iMac with wireless charging capabilities. Would be nice to see it finally happen!

  • Rowan09

    Now this is what I’m talking about no pad and that’s great. Regardless Apple needs something since they got rid of the headphone jack.

  • Hendo27

    I should be able to walk into my apartment and have my phone charging in my pocket or wherever it is. Always leave home with 100% battery life. Bring it on!

    • Diego Milano

      Don’t you get a bit “scared” that all that energy goes so near your balls as well?

      • Hendo27

        Haha. Yes that crossed my mind, but I feel like with technology the way it is these days my balls should be immune by now.

      • czbird

        U’ll find out when you least expect it 🙂

      • Rowan09
      • MMA Rules

        Probably they have thought of that, you know how Apple is always concerned about health!

      • Diego Milano

        I hope so, but it’s also said even wireless signals aren’t healthy at all. So who knows…

      • John

        I think that’s just paranoia, I mean, they said the same thing about putting the phone near your brain when you make calls…so why is it okay to keep it near your nuts?

      • Diego Milano

        I’m just asking, there are many reports and claims, so the question is still valid.

  • czbird

    Instead of fixing the battery, they’re gonna add another crappy technology that would need us to replace all chargers if we wanted to use it :-/

    • Diego Milano

      They can, but they won’t. Why? Because people are still buying their stuff. Only when the competitors add at least a quarter of what you’ve mentioned would they start to ramp up their devices accordingly– wait, competitors already have added some of those. Oh well…

    • Rowan09

      Fixing what battery? The iPhone doesn’t have battery issues anymore that’s just something old to say. Why do you think we would need to replace a charger port? You put you want USB C which if they do it would mean we would have to replace a charger. Give me a phone with 24 hour battery with normal usage?

    • Docservlet

      What battery are you talking about? By the way, this is a rumor so no need to soil your pants. No AptX??? The AirPods sound amazing.

      There’s been no reason to put USB C on iPhone. Your lack of technical understanding is rather obvious.

    • John

      How adorable. The anti-Apple troll strikes again.

  • stylesbeyond

    again it will take apple to show others how its done rather than the joke silly pad others use

    • jOn Garrett

      Apple isn’t showing anybody anything and Samsung already has a license for this as well so shut the hell up, you sound stupid.

      • Rowan09

        The article said Apple has a deal with them specifically (or a big electronics company). Samsung did a pad so stop bigging them up like they did something special.

      • jOn Garrett

        I don’t care what the iRticle said. Apple has a deal with them, Samsung has one, LG has one. Apple has a deal with Samsung, with LG, and Samsung has one with LG.

        What makes apple special for having the same license agreement as everybody else?

        Did apple invent this tech? Did they have a hand in it at all?

        Have a beer and chill the hell out.

      • MMA Rules

        So if all these companies have it why they didn’t do it before?

      • jOn Garrett

        For the same reason Apple didn’t, because it takes time and this company was still waiting for FCC and other clearances.

      • Rowan09

        Exactly and they didn’t want to release a half baked idea like just making a phone essentially an Apple Watch. Inductive charging on a pad is the no marvel of technology, it’s very basic.

      • Docservlet

        What makes Apple special is that THIS SITE IS CALLED iDownloadblog and covers primarily Apple news. I’d like to invite you to BGR so your comments can receive the proper attention and beat down they deserve.

      • Rowan09

        Who cares about Apple inventing it? You give Samsung credit for big phones, curved edges, etc did they invent them? If Apple is the first to market that’s all that matters. All those companies and yet nothing from them yet.

      • jOn Garrett

        Apple isn’t first to market, they have no phone with this tech.

        If first to market matters then Samsung owns phablets and nobody had an edge display before them.

        Why are you so offended by an OEM that licenses their tech to other companies? Can’t they do with their property as they please?

        You people are sick

      • Rowan09

        I’m fine with it you’re the one that’s getting on Apple for paying money for it and bashing them by saying they didn’t create anything. No company does everything and that’s why they either buy a company or go into deals with each other and that’s fine. The article said its rumored to be Apple releasing this tech in one of their phones. Maybe Samsung does it I don’t know and personally I don’t care. Samsung didn’t make big phones first it was Dell with the Streak and then HTC with the HD 10. Samsung did what Apple does for the most part by making it popular and giving it a name “phablet”. I had a 8″ Windows Mobile phone smartphone even before the iPhone was released and it was made by HTC. You praise Samsung all the time because they made an edge on a phone and it’s not even functional. The Edge is for looks but it doesn’t serve any real purpose and my wife who loves Samsung and owns the S6 Edge says the same thing. If Apple releases an Edge phone too and it actually serves some purpose then that’s good for them. Samsung makes every type of phone even ones that look like a Camera with the Zoom, so stop it man. Why so mad when someone mentioned Apple doing it right because they aren’t in the market with wireless on their phones and the first time it appears it’s true wireless and you’re mad. Dude send me your iPhone and I will personally get you a S7 Edge. You’re iPhone card has been revoke man. I will give you your dream phone which is not even the best Android on the market.

      • Shadowelite123

        The frustration is real. These Android Fanboys need to stop.

      • Rowan09

        They are the worst. To prove my point when Apple made a move to IOS app people bashed it with reviews that didn’t even move to IOS. Most of them think open source means downloading whatever you want.

      • Docservlet

        Samsung is lost. It keeps churning out old lame technology. Induction charging and water proofing? LOL!

  • TechToch

    That’s what revolution and innivation is !!! Not Removing ports from products for “Courage” !

    • Docservlet

      AirPods are innovation. Removing the ports to advance wireless technology did take “Courage”!

  • ericesque

    This feels like that one rumor every year where we all think, “Yeah! That would be amazing and Apple is the one company that could pull this off!” … And then it doesn’t happen at all.

    • John

      Eh, you think it takes a year for something like this to happen?

  • Grolubao

    I don’t understand the title of this article. It says rumoured and then it ends it’s coming. So one or the other right?

    • The technology that is rumored to be a feature in the next iPhone is coming later this year.

      That technology is coming. Whether it is coming in the next iPhone is still a rumor.

  • armyk

    There was smartphone before iPhone, there was fingerprint sensors before iPhone, there was tablet before iPad, there was ultrabook before Air. However Apple can make things work as ii should be instead of beeing first for
    the sake of beeing first.
    And now iPhone will most likely be first phone which has truly useful witeless charging. Not pseudo wireless charging which has to physically touch some pad and cannot be used while charging.

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