Apple reportedly developing long range wireless charging technology for 2017 iPhone

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.

From the report:
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.
To achieve this feat, Apple will have to overcome quite a lot of technical barriers including the loss of power over a distance when it travels wirelessly. The company still has not taken any final decision on whether it wants to include this wireless charging tech in the iPhone due to be launched in 2017 or not.

The Apple Watch is the only device in the company’s product portfolio at the moment that makes use of wireless charging. However, the Apple Watch uses inductive wireless charging, similar to what is found on many popular Android smartphones including the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 from Samsung.

Android OEMs have been including wireless charging on their smartphones since quite a few years now, but they all require that the handset be placed on top of the charging mat directly. Previously, charging the device using wireless charging was also a slow process, though Samsung has managed to make notable improvements this year in this department.

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. 

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