According to a report published by Bloomberg, it appears that Apple is developing wireless charging technology (finally!) for its iPhone devices, and the company could be launching it as early as next year. With this piece of technology made available for owners of iPhones, they will be able to recharge their smartphones without having to fiddle with cables and all of that stuff.
To be clear about it, wireless charging technology is anything but new. Some of Apple’s competitors in the smartphone industry have already incorporated it in various forms. Perhaps the most familiar method is making use of a charging mat, wherein users just place their smartphones on the mat to instantly start charging their devices.
However, Apple is not just exploring charging mats, but actually trying to develop new ways in which iPhone users can charge their smartphones and even iPad tablets from a farther distance. Needless to say, this is easier said than done. Proximity plays a key role in charging efficiency -- the farther the charging source, the longer it may take to recharge the device’s battery.
But if Apple can pull this off, it may just help usher in a completely wireless charging era in the world of mobile. Cables are still used in most chargers these days but nobody will argue that those wires may be a bit inconvenient at times, especially when they get damaged or when you are trying to undo those pesky knots (every time!). Of course, wireless charging technology could fix this, if only the technology is more available.
For Apple, the tech giant is rather late in exploring wireless charging technology. As a matter of fact, the iPhone maker is late in adopting other forms of technology, too, whether they be large display screens (Apple has only started incorporating them for 2014’s iPhone 6 models) or taking advantage of near field communications (NFC) in facilitating mobile payments (e.g. Apple Pay). But when Apple does something, the whole world notices. Such is the influence of the company. Take wearable devices (like smartwatches), for instance. They have been available in the market for several years now, but when Apple launched its Apple Watch, suddenly everybody (or at least the major players in the industry) wants to get into (or get back into) the game, too.
Apple could have the same impact on wireless charging tech. For all the convenience this particular piece of tech is promising, the road to reality has been a tricky one (even chaotic at times). For example, there are several standards for wireless charging, which means that one method can work for one device, but not for another. Moreover, existing forms of the technology are not that fine tuned yet, with others cancelling out the convenience with their cost and bulk.
Apple has actually already began using wireless charging tech (induction) for its Apple Watch wearable device, but there is no doubt that iPhone users are also wishing that the company would turn its attention to developing wireless charging tech for smartphones, too. By next year, those wishes could come true.
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