Wireless charging to be a ‘standard feature in the next iPhone’, according to Powermat CEO

Wireless charging to be a ‘standard feature in the next iPhone’, according to Powermat CEO
Back in February, we reported that Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium – a conglomerate of companies, who make use of Qi technology for their wireless charging concepts. Market analysts, on the other hand, also foresee cable-free charging as a feature in some of Apple’s upcoming devices. Of course, the center of the discussion is the iPhone 8, which may or may not feature wireless charging, and speculation has been quite hot. Powermat CEO Elad Dubzinski, while commenting on a separate matter, recently said that wireless charging is to become a ‘standard feature’ in the next iPhone, citing a ‘recent announcement by Apple’.

However, we have no record of an official statement from Apple and this makes it very difficult to trust Dubzinki’s comment. Powermat is a pioneer in the wireless charging tech field and has an expansive public charging scheme, aiming to bring the tech to more people. Nonetheless, we have not had any rumors of ties between Powermat and Apple, meaning that Dubzinski is unlikely to know great detail about next iPhone’s production line. However, we did hear reports earlier this year that Apple had indeed contracted wireless charging components manufacturer Lite-On for the next iPhone, possibly indicating the the company is serious about making use of the tech.

Powermat has picked up on the confusion, caused by Dubzinski's comment, and issued a rather ‘any-case-scenario’ statement, saying that its products would support ‘whatever wireless charging protocol’ Cupertino decides to deploy. Hopefully, customers will get a smoothly working final product, well-polished to work fire- and flaw-free. The company has no bitter battery-related memories, unlike competitor Samsung, which is now seeing some customer reports of charging issues with the Galaxy S8 phones. Like the Note 7 affair last year wasn't enough. In any case, we are unlikely to have a definitive answer as to how iPhone 8 will charge, well until the last months of 2017.

source: PRNewswire via 9To5Mac

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49 Comments

1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Worthless features like curved screens and wireless charging are getting popular, while useful features like 3.5 mm jacks, IR emitter and FM radio are going the way of dodo. SMH.

4. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

I personally don't feel it's "worthless." Especially due to the fact that charging cables tend to eventually become crap for me whether micro USB or lightning port. Wireless charging is so convienant for me.

17. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The iphone 8 will have true wireless charging with a distance of up to 5m

32. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Doubtful.

43. cmdacos

Posts: 4259; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And an iChemotherapy plan from Apple!

8. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

The S8 has the FM radio chip enabled by default. :)

10. peace247 unregistered

Welcome to 2010 apple.....

14. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Only for Snapdragon variant.

39. Nopers unregistered

Do people still listen to radio when they're not driving? I know I don't.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes..

12. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Curved screens are pointless & distracting but wireless charging is so useful, I did not know how useful until I got one. I agree headphone & ir should stay.

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I used it pretty extensively with my S6 and I still think it's useless. It's slow and requires wires anyway.

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Same here, used it on previous phones, had a wireless charging pad 'everywhere'. But don't miss it at all

28. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

The wireless fast charger, although a little slower than QC 2.0 or higher, is still rather fast. I like it for the convenience of just dropping my phone on the charging pad and not have to fiddle around with the wires. Plus there is less wear and tear on both the charge cables and the charger port on my phone.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's a silly statement. There will always be wires involved. It's wireless because there's no wire to your device. My toothbrush has a wire from the charging base to the wall outlet, but I just set the brush on the base to charge, thus wireless charging. By your standard, there is no such thing as wireless charging. There are wires in the walls running from the circuit breaker to the outlet. Wires from the electric generator to your house. It's extremely useful to me. When I come home early in the morning after work, I don't have to fumble with a wire in the dark and wake up the wife, I just lay the phone down on the pad.

27. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

I wouldn't call wireless charging totally worthless. Once you have it, it is really nice to use. Plus you still have the option to charge a phone via traditional cable as well!

2. Unordinary unregistered

GIVE US TRUE WIRELESS RANGE CHARGING

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they will... 1-2 years after other manufacturers implement it in their flagships..

9. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

TBH I wouldn't trust any solution any Android OEM came to the table with in the next year or so. It's either gonna be s**t, not work properly without a run around, or completely ridiculous looking. I'd rather Apple or whomever does this takes their time and gets it correct.

13. RajRicardo

Posts: 500; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

iBend is right. Eg. OLED displays, waterproofing etc etc... Apple honestly lost their mojo to innovate. They are just borrowing tech from other giants and carefully cramming it all into a phone.

19. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

If any company has the chops to get it right, then it will be apple. I think that much has been clear a long time ago. Pay no heed to them as we know anything apple will always infuriate them. Infact, at this point the iphone 8 might possibly be the most advanced phone of all time, and by some distance too.

22. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

You must be living in a dreamland if you think all those rumours of iPhone 8 are true. At max it might upgrade to an oled screen with a bezel less design.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was somewhat true 8 years ago. Today, they're out innovated regularly, and mostly follow.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, just like they did full metal design and maps right on first try...typical fanatic logic.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wait, what was wrong with their full metal design? Scratch that, what does either have to do with implementing hardware features properly?

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Wait, what was wrong with their full metal design?" You're kidding right? Or are you really that blind to anything wrong with apple? "what does either have to do with implementing hardware features properly?" They're prime examples of why that typical fanatic logic of "apple does it right" is nothing but delusional at best. Their hardware have the top manufacturing defects ( https://goo.gl/4dXpV1 ). They've had several major problems with their hardware, yet shamelessly blame it on the user until they get slapped with a class action lawsuit ( https://goo.gl/5gjHc8 | https://goo.gl/22s46g ). They've had major problems with their software, including getting bricked by merely a date change ( https://goo.gl/mMUnSL ), and wide range of other bugs that get updates to patch them and create new bugs. All that, yet fanatics like you here keep on yapping as if their hardware implementation is something special in terms of reliability compared to any other OEM...but don't let the facts get in the way of your blissful thoughts.

34. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Dude, I get it, Apple isn't your favorite organization in the world. However, there is key facets you've seemingly ignored: my post. None of what you've said here had ANY bearing on what I posted. This isn't politics, I asked what your previous message had to do with what I said, and you didn't answer that inquiry. Something like the Bixby button and the S8 fingerprint sensor come to mind as recent example of hardware features being implemented awkwardly. I want examples like that please. Also, thanks for not just calling me a sheep and actually holding dialogue.

40. willard12 unregistered

Like maps!

41. kiko007

Posts: 7500; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

TIL Maps was a hardware feature...

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