Apple partnering up with Energous on a wireless charging solution that works at a distance?

Apple partnering up with Energous on a wireless charging solution that works at a distance?


According to the buzz, Apple is partnering up with a company by the name of Energous to incorporate its WattUp wireless charging technology into its products. WattUp is notable for its ability to work at a distance, not requiring contact between the device and a power source, such as a charging mat.

That's because it uses RF technology relying on a transmitter and receiver. The receiver is built into a device, while a transmitter can be placed anywhere in a 15-feet distance and charge up to 12 different devices simultaneously. A mobile app is part of the solution, letting users specify when an Energous transmitter charges devices and how much power does each device get. The partnership between the two companies supposedly dates back to 2014, although Apple is yet to adopt wireless charging technologies for any of its products. Still, the company was recently spotted sampling wireless charging technology from MediaTek and other companies, allegedly with the creation of wireless charging accessories in mind

Energous hasn't been forthcoming about its relationship, although it has disclosed that it's working with one of the top five consumer electronics companies. Its products also undergo Apple compliance testing, in addition to industry-wired and legally required certifications. While it may be obvious that the two companies have a working relationship, it's yet to result in a technological outcome.

Apple isn't keen on implementing the prevalent wireless charging solutions based on charging docks and mats as it doesn't believe they offer a more convenient and seamless experience than plugging into a charger. That's why it's looking into a more elegant solution with the likes of Energous, although when that will manifest in its products remains unknown.

source: VentureBeat

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16 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

15 feat distance and 12 devices simultaneously! That's great wireless charging capabilities. I'm eager to try it out, one day.

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It's a very big landmark in mobile technology so can't wait for true wireless charging. Hopefully Apple doesn't go full retard as usual and make some proprietary BS after buying out a good innovative startup. Even though recent events suggest otherwise, one can only hope.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

For some time past I was expecting this to come up with the iPhone 7 cuz there were some rumour flying and Tim cook promised a feature we ''can't live without". I wonder what that feature/innovation really is...

2. AlikMalix unregistered

This is the wireless I was/am waiting for!!!!

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same here! Current implementation is meh.

4. Macready

Posts: 1793; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

While I agree that the current implementation leaves a lot to be desired, for the current iPhone it can actually help with the longevity of the one remaining port, since right now it gets double the duty of plugging/unplugging (charger AND headphones)= half the lifetime. Because those ports do have a habit of dying for wear and tear, sooner or later...

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

If they make this happen then I'll say "Apple did it better".

5. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

...WOULDN'T PEOPLE COMPLAIN OF COPY AND PASTE NOW? IF APPLE WAS THE ONE IMPLEMENTING THE PRESENT TECH OF WIRELESS CHARGING ON THEIR PHONES AND SAMSUNG WANTS TO DO THE SAME, PEOPLE WILL HAVE BEEN CALLING THEM OUT. SMH...

8. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Calm down lol.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not gonna happen...

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

They already have prototypes, what do you mean by not happening? You sheep

14. iFlasher

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 09, 2014

And Patents too...

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6376; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

"...doesn't believe they offer a more convenient and seamless experience than plugging into a charger." Did I actually read this right? Does having to stop and charge your wireless headphones sound like a convenient and seamless experience? Or do these airpods support distance wireless charging already?!?

15. willard12 unregistered

There are a few minor problems with this article: First:, "Apple isn't keen on implementing the prevalent wireless charging solutions based on charging ...." Does Luis D. work for Apple and is he filling the role of their spokesman because I have never seen any such statement coming from Apple? More likely, he is expressing a personal opinion as if it is something that "Apple believes" in order to make an excuse for them....aka the reason this site is given an alternate name at times. Second: Refer back to my first paragraph and then explain inductive charging on the Apple Watch. Third: Refer back to points 1 and 2, then realize that wireless charging was not even available for devices with metal cases until Qualcomm worked out a solution recently....the Apple Watch has a ceramic case. Therefore, the "seamless experience" nonsense that the writer contrived on Apple's behalf has never been the reason. Fourth: The entire premise of this being a solution that Apple is working on for Apple devices is BS "Update: Energous PR sent the following statement to VentureBeat denying the Apple partnership: Energous is the developer of WattUp – a wire-free charging technology that will be licensed to companies to embed within consumer products. The SEC filing statement from 2014 blankets any future anticipated testing and is not indicative of specific partners" So, in the words of PA, take anything they write with the proverbial grain of salt.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21157; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now this is the innovation I expect to come from a company like Apple, as opposed to them removing the 3.5mm headset jack without their being a better solution for it readily available. Can't wait to the final product in action.

16. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

This is good for Apple. But I'm sure Huawei will introduce this first before Apple or Samsung.

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