Apple might be shopping wireless charging chips from MediaTek for upcoming iPhone accessories


According to China's Economic Daily News, Apple has requested wireless charging chip samples from Taiwanese semiconductor powerhouse MediaTek. Reportedly, Apple is likely to create wireless charging peripherals for the iPhone, such as cases and other accessories. Fellow technological firms NXP and IDT will also send Apple samples.

MediaTek's wireless charging system supports multi-mode wireless charging at the receiver, using a single coil, single matching network, and a single IC to receive charge based on all of the currently accepted standards, such as A4WP Rezence, Qi, or PMA. The solution lets manufacturers such as Apple implement wireless charging in their devices without concerns for compatibility and interoperability between current standards.

In particular, the A4WP resonant charging standard allows for supporting different form factors and features the ability for charging at a distance, bringing freedom of placement and the convenience of charging multiple devices from a single charger. To the contrary, Qi and PMA are based on induction charging and aren't adapted to different form factors as easily. Moreover, they usually require one charger per device. Third-party wireless charging cases for the iPhone are currently available, though they follow after the Qi and the PMA standards, or proprietary magnetic charging systems.

We'll have to wait and see what Apple is envisioning. The ability to wirelessly charge an iPhone at a distance will be a strong functionality addition, beyond doubt.

source: DigiTimes, MediaTek

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15 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Maybe 2017 or so on. Not this year, they need to bring the hype to their fanbase every year ao they can sell.

3. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I'm not sure what tech they can bring to the table. Sony and Samsung already have the most feature rich smartphone. Although they're both android and iphone is the only smartphone for ios.

9. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Feature/Gimmick rich but not revolutionary. iOS10 is revolutionary.

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Really? Hahaha. Such a hypocrite. What is revolutionary about ios10? The split screen? Or the ability to change the themes? Educate me how ios 10 is way ahead of kitkat upto nougat.

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

When Apple decides to do something, it will do it in a perfect way as usual. Look where is Samsung now with their exploding batteries.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So the iPhone has never had any hardware issues? This is about a supplier's defective component, a battery no less, something everyone assumes will be decent. It's no surprise it flew under the radar. But you got a green thumb, YAY!!!

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Revolutionary how? It's a great update, with much needed features, that I'm excited for, but it's evolutionary.

16. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO keep thinking that.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's how Apple's business tactic is: incremental updates. Apple does not stuff all of the currently available innovations in it's iPhones, so as to hype the iFans which adition of the features available long ago in other competitors' devices. Example: When Apple release the first iPhone, it could not do what even dumb phones like Nokia N-series could do, like video recording for example. Wasn't Apple aware of those existing fearures and couldn't Apple implement it in the first iPhone? But they keep those basic featutes for feature "upgrades" in the next iPhones, so as to keep milking them iFans and hype them with those "innovations". Heck, even the old Galaxy S3 features wireless charging. SMH

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

So if I put on a special wireless case I can charge my iPhone 7 from a distance? The iPhone 7 will be a monster if it comes with this.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

And Nikola Tesla figure it out long before we were born.

6. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

thanks to "mediatek"

8. Tom5521

Posts: 41; Member since: Sep 04, 2016

That's not the wireless technology I want, I want real wireless tech without having to put my phone on a ridiculous plate. Until that technology will come I'll just use a cable to charge my phone. i can't believe they have that tech yet even reading this article.

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

My car does the wireless charging, but still running wires throughout the car. Side note, Google, pay some attention to Android Auto, don't do like Google voice.

21. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and where is 5 meters (or so), true wireless charging they've been talking about? and now they ask MediaTek for standard wireless charging? lol....

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