Will the Apple iPhone 7 feature this game changing technology?

Will the Apple iPhone 7 feature this game changing technology?
According to a report published today, a small start-up company named Energous has shaken hands with Apple to bring its WattUp technology to the iPhone. Reportedly, Apple will have the exclusive rights to the technology, which allows devices to be charged wirelessly from distances as far away as 15 feet. The Energous chip is added inside a device and is so small that it won't affect the size of the phone.

The chip works with a transmitter that can be placed anywhere in a room. In other words, if the WattUp chip is placed inside the Apple iPhone 7, and you put a transmitter inside your office, your phone will spend most of the day charging. If you put a transmitter in your bedroom, it will charge wirelessly all night and even in the morning while you get dressed for work or school. If Apple has the exclusive for WattUp, it will also allow the company to garner a new source of revenue by selling the transmitters to those with WattUp enabled iPhones.

Energous has previously targeted 2016 or 2017 for the commercial launch of its product. If it is not included in the iPhone 7, it just might be found in the Apple iPhone 7s.

We should point out that neither Apple nor Energous have publicly disclosed that there is a partnership between them, which means that talk of an Apple exclusive is just that, talk. Louis Basenese of Disruptive Tech Research is the one who has found some evidence that Apple is involved with Energous. Early last year, the company signed a pact with an unnamed company described as being one of the top five consumer electronics firms in the world. Basenese used a process of elimination to come up with Apple as the unnamed company. He starts with a list of the five possible candidates, Apple, Samsung, HP, Microsoft, and Hitachi.


Whoever ends up with the technology, WattUp could be the thing that revives global smartphone sales in the neat future.



source: Energous, NYPost

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64 Comments

55. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Can I connect my Sennheiser headphones to that wirelerss transmitter too? See what I did there...

53. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but I still see some lots of cable connected to that phone, lol maybe they need 5-6 more years to make those transmitter and reciever small enough to fit inside phone and charging dock

47. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Forecast: Apple does it. Droid boys hate as usual. Words will fly on tech blog sites, 99% of the people commenting don't count for s**t anyways, as their words will not change the undeniable course of history, Samsung follows suite a year later. The whole industry eventually follows after. At the end of the day. Bottom line remains the same, as it always does.

61. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You mean like how Fapples mocked resolutions higher than ~320 PPI "Retina" on phones, until it appeared in the 6 Plus, when they went quiet? Or how phablets were impossible to hold and useless, until.. the 6 Plus? Or how OLED screens were horrible, until the Apple watch? Or how VR was a fad like 3D, until Apple was known to work on it too? Or how custom keyboards with smart prediction, were a cover up for bad OEM keyboards, until Apple allowed them too? Or how OIS was unnecessary, until the 6 Plus introduced it? Or how split screen mode on Samsung phones/tablets was a gimmick, until Apple introduced it? Or how multiple cores were useless, until Apple started using it? Or how a pull down quick menu was basically an attempt at masking a flawed and unintuitive operation system, until Apple copied it? Or how longer lasting batteries were unneeded when you charge through the night anyway, until the 6S, when amazing battery life counts again? Or how a stronger chassis wasn't a plus, because phones don't bend, until the 6S? Or how 4K video is a gimmick, until Apple introduced it? Or how a processor built on a 14nm node, isn't worth noting, until the afore mentioned 6S improves battery life and power because of it? Or how a pen is another way to mask flawed input and UI, until Apple offers it? I'll leave the other 30 bullet points including some "predictions" for next time.

62. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah android implimented 100% of what apple came out with.. Sure some where but most where not so Honest realist you are not thats honest.

32. Biernot unregistered

750p Display Master Race

14. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Lets see how this goes. I think it will be difficult to accomodate fast charging in such tecgnology unless the phone is very close to the transmitter.

13. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

If it was up to Nikola Tesla, we would have had this technology before my grandfather was born.

24. engineer-1701d unregistered

hell if things went that way we would have hover cars using magnetic res in the roads like i emailed tesla and gm on over 2 years ago

12. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Many companies have been working on such technology. They never mass produced it because of health issues. These are very strong electro magnetic waves which could create headaches, high blood pressure, internal bleeding and etc. I am so happy that I am not an iSheep ending up in the emergency rooms because, I was too lazy to charge my phone with a cord.

23. engineer-1701d unregistered

or have a phone with a bigger battery

11. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Haters gonna hate, but Apple will crush the world again period :)

16. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

The impact isnt that big, mr iamacat

18. DRS1977

Posts: 681; Member since: May 27, 2015

The world was here long before Apple and will be here long after they are gone. It will also still be here long after you are dead and buried 6-feet underground. They won't be crushing anything Apple cheerleader.

22. engineer-1701d unregistered

think moron its not apples again they shake hands for licensing deal other companies are doing the same thing

40. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” You are making me RoTfLmFaO, Apple believing in technology. Really. They still don't have 720p screen, and so much other features missing. Apple fans are more haters to Android, because you all live in the past.

41. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

As others have said, they do spend a reasonable amount of resources on R&D in specific areas, but they don't just go off to build some product completely outside their current focus areas (unless seen as a potential game changer), and they even drop relatively successful projects and products in return for being the best at what they do.

60. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Ako drank too much Apple coolaid.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But the technology also have the same issues as wifi. The further you move away, the less effective the power source. If you want it to charge a reasonable speed, you would need to be within 1 metre. If you are playing an HD game, would the power of the phone exceed what this device can charge at, which means in a HD graphical game, your phone won't be charging as was the case with the iPad. It sacked so much power, the charger didn't provide enough power to even charge it while you're playing games. It's like having a gas pump that can travel 3 miles, but your car burned more gas than what the source puts out. But if they can pull it off, that would be cool. Wonder are they going to use this as an excuse for still having small batteries.

9. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2566; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

One has to wonder whether this will have any negative impact on our health. I just can't see how this wouldn't at least have a very small percentage increase in getting cancer.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

everything gives you cancer is you know how much s**t you breath in buildings or homes and the magnetic lines of flux from large power lines you would live like a hermit

59. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

With all this already in place i agree with Phil not to add more to it. Enuf is enuf :)

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 987; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Well....in 5 years apple will release this. They dont even have quick charge yet...yes you can with an iPad charger. But it's not sold with the iPhone.

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2422; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

How much electricity will this expend? Will charging be colossally long to where it's not worth using unless you're asleep or gone? Is this going to be healthy for the battery? I'll continue being a reasonable skeptic of this charging category as a whole until these questions are answered.

5. Unordinary unregistered

Well if it does, expect to see it in the S8. Lol

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Only 4 days until we see what Samsung did about force touch...if anything.

15. Unordinary unregistered

Saves me a lot of time tbh. I hope they implement it because if you spend time using it (not a two week trial buy from the Apple Store or Bestbuy / a 20 minute visit picking up the phone lol) it's very intuitive. I plan on getting the S7 (unless it's a let down).

58. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Used the iphone 6S plus for nearly a month and half my boss forced me because i do tech support. Not impressed at all with force touch i dont like it to be truthfull. On the other hand i was impressed with video quality. Picture quality is not bad but below many others phone but video are the best i ever saw on mobile phone.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

god i hope not from all reviewers most dont even use and forgot about ft and synaptics is pushing for more manufacturers to use it only 1 last year, and apples getting sued for stealing the 3d touch tech anyways again taking without paying

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Now that's...Watt's Up.

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