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iPhone 5S unlikely to have wireless charging, better luck with iPhone 6

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iPhone 5S unlikely to have wireless charging, better luck with iPhone 6
Earlier today there was a report out of DigiTimes that talked about Samsung, Apple, and other manufacturers working towards adding wireless charging options to their flagship devices for 2013. While DigiTimes tends to be relatively reliable, we feel like there needs to be some clarity brought to the story, especially pertaining to Apple and the iPhone. 

Here's what happened: a report came out of DigiTimes earlier today, saying that Samsung is expected to adopt the Qi Wireless Charging standard for the Galaxy S IV. That same report said that Apple was working on its own wireless charging technology (which we already knew from patents filed last year), but the report never said anything about what Apple device would first see the wireless charging tech, just that it would be in a "flagship 2013" device, and that it was "unknown" if the next-generation iPhone would have wireless charging built-in or via accessory.

First, we want to tackle that last part of the rumor. Given the way Apple does business, it seems nearly impossible that the "next-generation" iPhone (that being the 5S) would use an accessory to deliver wireless charging. In Apple's world, either it's built-in, or it isn't made by Apple. Second, we want to touch on the possibility that the iPhone 5S is even the target device for this technology. The basic reasoning is quite simple: the iPhone 5S, as with all "S" model iPhones, is going to be more about new internals and software, while the overall design likely won't change at all. But, in order to put wireless charging into an iPhone, there would need to be relatively major changes to the design. 

So, don't get your hopes up about the iPhone 5S having wireless charging. It's far more likely that the "flagship" Apple device that gets wireless charging will be the iPhone 6, which could still fit the "flagship 2013" part of the DigiTimes report, since Apple is assumed to be moving to a 6-month release cycle for the iPhone, meaning the iPhone 6 could come towards the holiday season. 

source: DigiTimes via 9to5Mac

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posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:38 3

12. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


iPhone 5s, OUT!!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:41 7

13. JunBringer (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


and of course it'll use some BS proprietary tech if they ever even do wireless charging.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:44 1

14. rodkurt (Posts: 128; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


that would be next year where as this year other phones would already have wireless charging...

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:53 3

15. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


Galaxy S IV to have floating touch and Green PHOLED material AMOLED display
http://www.sammobile.com/2013/03/08/galaxy-s-iv-to-have-floating-touch-and-green-pholed-material-amoled-display/

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 09:54 5

16. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


I'm sorry t have to say this... 2013 is going to be a bad year for Apple. ;(

I know they will bounce back!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:44 1

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Stay tuned Dave. I talked to some developers at CES. And you'll be surprised bro.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:51 4

22. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5479; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"I talked to some developers at CES."

You are funny. :D

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:01 1

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Get lost, and stop quoting everything people post. That's funny :D

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:17 2

28. Hollywould (Posts: 14; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Surprised that nothing has changed? Except maybe a number.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 14:10 5

29. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Talked to some developers...So? It's not like devs can do anything to iOS other than to their own apps. And what the devs know, we know. And what we know is that every iPhone XS iteration is supposed to be a software boost over hardware...but following Apple's performance 2 years ago with the introduction of the 4S shows us how low Apple standards are (a then really crappy and veta assistant? Really? You call that software improvement?)

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 14:14

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Uhhhh ok.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 12:04 1

26. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I attend CES every year Dave, and although apple has no official presence their, some of their developers do. Several changes are going on with iOS for this year. I'm not sure just how big they will be, but its supposed to be significant. iOS 7 betas are already in the wild...take my word on that bro.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 14:14 3

30. frydaexiii (Posts: 1231; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Yeah, what do you think their devs are there doing? Stiffing about and stealing ideas from the real innovative people who actually bother to present their cool ideas at CES

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:33

32. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Uhhhhh ok

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 16:14 3

34. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


So their devs were basically there stealing ideas? ... Just wondering.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 16:56

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Don't know what they were doing, but they did shed a lil light on some things tho.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 19:39

46. jcarrigan (unregistered)


ok darkkjedii ill take your word on it pal, chief, buddy! I think its hilarious that once again apple fails to be the first to introduce anything revolutionary(siri doesnt count since its "windows is the best phone" software update) lol

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:02 5

17. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Despite their recent history I do like Apple. The thing that frustrates me is when they announce something that has already existed as new and a lot of people believe them because they don't look at different manufacturers or aren't interested in tech news.

I have one request to Apple. If you reveal wireless charging on a future iPhone you can call it iCharge or whatever you want and you can talk about how it's new to the iPhone, but do not pretend that it's revolutionary and new to the phone market.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 15:35 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I agree with you on that. They'd look like complete idiots, trying to make it look like they invented wireless charging.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:25 1

38. andro. (Posts: 1956; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Expect this quote from apple in 2014 or even 2015 "and today we bring you a miraculous feat of technology,a wireless charger for the new iPhone. Charging your phone has never seemed so beautiful "

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 13:08

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 11492; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Shhhhhhhhh too much hot air.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 19:43

47. jcarrigan (unregistered)


Yeah I hear ya, I work sales in the wireless industry and it frustrates me to know end with the general idiocy of Apple's customers! "OH THIS PHONE IS AMAZING IT IS 4 INCHES AND IT HAS A NEW CHARGING PORT OMGSH!" and when you show these clowns the tech inside other phones they sometimes can get violent about it. I sh*t you not a buddy of mine working for some low pay crappy verizon authorized retailer was assualted because he was offering an android phone to this guest! haha!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:03 1

18. ryq24 (Posts: 505; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Samsung is very happy with this news!

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:12 6

19. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


So the iPhone 5 is outdated before its even comeout...

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 11:39 2

44. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


As was the 4 and 4s :-)

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 19:44

49. jcarrigan (unregistered)


the last cool iPhone was the 3gs after that i hated apple.

posted on 09 Mar 2013, 19:44

48. jcarrigan (unregistered)


itll be outdated simply because it will have a 4 inch screen.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 10:50 3

21. skullman (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


bettet luck with iphone 16 not 6

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 13:14 1

27. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


maybe iphone 16s

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:01

23. Taters (Posts: 3067; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


They need a new body to incorporate wireless charging. The HTC 8x having it while the HTC One not having it says it all. IPhone 6 at the earliest.

If you want wireless charging, they have to go back to glass or gasp, the cheap plastic Apple fans can't stand so much.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 11:46

24. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


im still trying to figure out why cr@pple needs to make 2 of the same phone a year....i mean everyone already knows the iphone6 is gonna be crappy and un innovative so u might as well just wait for the iphone 6s when they get on par with all the other innovative smart phones.....

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:13 1

37. Altair (Posts: 325; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Nothing new here. Apple products are behind curve already. They will be so even more n the future.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 18:47 2

40. Trade_Mark (banned) (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Stocks have fallen. iP5 is declining in sales, wondering what's next.....?

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 17:32 1

39. neurobiologist (Posts: 74; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Like any temporary thing, iphone had exhausted its potential. Like palaroid camera and many many other things, that supposed to be at every home, by it's creator's opinion. Only dynamically adapting things are having chances to survive.

posted on 08 Mar 2013, 21:44 1

42. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Can we jump the gun here one time screw 5s lets get into Icrap 6 so ppl can be disappointed again

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