Apple joins the Wireless Power Consortium

Apple joins the Wireless Power Consortium
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has basically said that wireless charging for the Apple iPhone 8 is a sure thing. But let's say that for some reason you don't believe that Ming is right. You still would be hard pressed not to expect the feature to come to at least the anniversary edition of the iPhone later this year. That is because Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium.

This is a group that concerns itself with standards for wireless charging based on the Qi technology. The consortium makes sure that Qi branded technology can work between various products made by different manufacturers. Apple joined the group last week. Qi wireless chargers allow users to place their device (sans wires) on a pad that is plugged into an outlet. The Apple Watch uses a form of the Qi wireless charging technology that Apple reportedly declined to have tested to see if it would work with other Qi chargers.

Considering that the Apple Watch has been out for nearly two years, we feel confident saying that Apple's decision to join the WPC is due to the wireless charging feature expected on the iPhone 8. We should mention a couple of points that will make iOS fans look as though they just sucked on a lemon. First, the wireless charging feature, at least for this year, is expected to be found on the anniversary edition only. Secondly, as we told you over the weekend, it would seem that wireless charging will be an optional feature on the iPhone 8. That means that if you want the convenience of charging your $1,000 handset without those annoying cables, it is going to cost you some of your hard earned bread for the privilege.


Perhaps the most important thing for Apple looking ahead is that joining the Wireless Power Consortium gives it a voice in the group's future deliberations.



source: WPC via BusinessInsider

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54 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's about time Apple!

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, wonder how the faithful will spin this one.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good news for iPhone 8 users, if its true. This eliminate the need to buy expensive apple charging cable when you need extra or lose your bundled cable. I would believe it when i see it.

25. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

To be fair, wireless charging is still quite slow compared to regular wired ones. I hope this improves.

26. peace247 unregistered

Welcome to 2014 apple.

44. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

you mean 2012? Lol you're drunk, go home either way 5 years late, it took Sammy only 2 years to copy Nokia, but apple half a decade!

28. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

samsung's fast wireless charger are faster than regular non quick-charge cable charger

36. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1033; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Well when comparing charge times of Androids yes, But charge times of Apple, they are pretty on par

38. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

On par vs whom?

37. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? The Galaxy S7 edge charges in 88 mins from 0%. That si way fastr than any standard wall charger. The iPhone 7 Plus only has a 19xx battery and it takes 3 hours with the standard charge. 88 mins is way less than 180. The S7's/Note 7 charges from 0 to 60% in just 30mins. How is that slow? I think you need to learn to count. Your brain is very slow.

43. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1033; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I meant wireless charging compared with an iPhone, not fast wireless charging

53. Droid5

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 08, 2015

Not Samsung's

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Well I hope this means that other wireless charges besides the Apple one will work on the new iPhone, because Apple is sure to charge more than the usual for theirs.

3. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

ifans expect s7 with ios on top (with lesser mem) , that's what u get with insane premium price from apple . for extra bonus you will get " revolutionary diamond glass back , revolutionary retina oled maketing terms from apple to make you feel good , so no worry apple will get it cover for you .

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"ifans expect s7 with ios on top" That's exactly what I want, got a problem with that terrible punctuation-chan?

6. mikehunta727 unregistered

and like the S7 that performs worse then the 3 year old Nexus 6 on the Snapdragon 805 and lags more then the 3 year old Nexus 6...maybe the S8 will have 6S like performance now finally. A lot more to the coin then you think

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I would rather have things happen when I say so and have a little hick up once every now and then. Than have my phone decide how fast I can scroll etc....

20. AlikMalix unregistered

Android phones literally do things in background and launch apps without your permission. Actually nearly all android users still have no app permissions control (marshmallow is still lacking much adoption compared to older versions). Dude I had to force close all my apps before putting my android down just to keep the juice in my battery from draining in standby. You don't even know if your 1 year old device will ever see an update. That's not control. Real control comes from tools that work predictably, automatically, and consistently. The rest is just an illusion.

27. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well just dont download all those porn apps. Then there is plenty of juice....

29. AlikMalix unregistered

That's dealing with 12 year olds for you....

30. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well when you answer like an 12 year old, you get a response in the same manor. And if you think you are i charge of your iphone, im gonna have to laugh....You are just another poor isheep.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7063; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have never had this happen. I go to be my phone is 100%, I get up and my phone is 97% , every night it uses the same, about 3%

55. AlikMalix unregistered

Sissy, I'm not going to post my own anecdotal as evidence, but quick search pulls up articles like this: https://www.google.com/amp/www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/google-android/how-stop-android-apps-starting-automatically-3642206/%3Famp?client=safari If you search android based forums - plenty of people noticing the same issues. https://www.google.com/amp/forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s5/380498-phone-app-keeps-opening-its-own.html%3Famp?client=safari I have woken up late for work several times because I was used to not worry about charging my iPhone when its low before I got to sleep (and just charge in the morning) - I had my android phone drain almost 20% of left battery overnight waking up to dead phone. I was suggested that I need to manage my phone better - didn't have to do that with iPhone.

39. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they do not. You give permissions, which you can always read when you install them. Unlike iOS where you get no idea what an app you install has access too. At least on Android, I can block any activity I dont want an app to have. I don't worry about apps from known devs who have no ill intent. Apps do not have "roo" access on Android so they can just launch on their own. What you claimed is simply false. If you side load some rogue application, then it is your fault if your device ends up being insecure. The fact that Android allows freedom, doesn't meke it less secure. After all both iOS and even Windows are both far more secure by default vs iOS and OSX. Its been proven time and time again. OSX is the only OS in history where a single code could wipe the OS while its running. Something that has never and can never happen in Windows or Android.

47. Leo_MC

Posts: 7155; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

" Unlike iOS where you get no idea what an app you install has access too." That's crazy talk: in iOS an app always asks permissions the first time it needs to access a feature (camera, photos, gps etc) and every permission can be individually revoked at any time.

51. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah... IOS had it actually before Android did, Android added it later on. No one honestly believes the silly nonsense that techie types. He is just here to troll

50. mikehunta727 unregistered

Utterly wrong once again. IOS had individual app access controls before Android did. You are just talking out your ass again. Also the CEO of the biggest blackhat hacking group in the world says iOS is 6-7x more secure then Nougat and that they arepaying 5-6x more dollar per exploit for iOS vs Android. That alone dispels your whole argument LOL

49. mikehunta727 unregistered

Um but thats not how it works, a better performing chip allows for more features/etc without being any slower then the previous chip it is replacing. It goes a lot further then just scrolling or etc. The speed of which loading websites is faster, loading big apps are noticeably faster, etc, daily workflow/efficiency is better when your device performs faster. No excuses for the poor optimization Samsung has had for years. Competitors devices have similir features in their devices with same SoC and dont perform as shit as Galaxy devices do compared to competitors flagships. Samsung optimization is still ass and is years behind.

56. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And it is still running fine 98% of the time where I decide how fast it should scroll. Not Samsung, not Google. Me....and there is tons of stuff where I'm in control, not Samsung, not Google. Me. On the iPhone, it's Apples way or the highway. No matter what chip you have in it........you sheep always bring up new stuff, when you run out of arguments......just like the Tim C and his gang, they always change focus when their crap iPhone gets beaten on some measure......

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

I thought Apple fans said charging on a wired pad is stupid.

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