iPhone 7 reported to have "cutting edge" wireless charging technology

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There have been rumors before that Apple's iPhone 7 would be released this year with wireless charging, but we probably should have known that Apple might try to do something a little different with the feature. Apple is often late to the game with features, but the company always tries to do something that competitors aren't. Apple was well behind on bringing NFC payments, but tried to differentiate with the fingerprint authentication and adding it to the Apple Watch

With wireless charging, a new report claims that Apple is working with its partners in Asia to develop a new wireless charging technology that would charge a device from farther away than has been possible. Normally with wireless charging, the device needs to be placed on a charging mat in order to be inductively charged. The report doesn't mention how this would work or at what distance charging would be possible, but does say that the decision hasn't yet been made whether the technology would be included in the new iPhone or not. 

Although the report doesn't mention how the technology would work, Apple did apply for a patent back in late 2012 which would use near-field magnetic resonance (NFMR) to be able to charge a device from as far as 3 feet (1 meter) away. That kind of tech would certainly fit the description of what is being reported, and would meet the definition of a "cutting edge" wireless charging option. 

source: Bloomberg

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92 Comments

1. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

All the iSheeps are going to go crazy for what they will call "new revolutionary technology" that has been in Android phones for years.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Except that I can't have my S6 Edge+ in hand while wireless charging. Yeah Apple may be **late to the game**, but if this ends up being true and you can actually wirelessly charge your phone from up to three feet away, congratulations to them for taking an already existing feature and breathing new life into it.

27. nighthawk_al

Posts: 55; Member since: May 23, 2014

Dude, energy was able to be transmitted through EM waves a long time ago, but I would not want a device and charger that would fry my balls while using them, so yeah... not a good idea to have those "distance" wireless chargers around

51. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

EU regulated radiation levels of the current iPhones are already double that of most Samsung phones. Something rarely ever mentioned.

59. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

And that will be an "innovation" right?

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes! But it charges slower than Apple's own wall charger. Also consider, its only good for up to 3 feet. Most peopel hold their phone about a foot fron their face unless they are blind. Then consider some people have a body that is more than a foot wide on all 4 sides, and consider the space from your table, past the couches arm-rest is also close to a foot. This would place the phone, nearly more than 3 feet away. Sounds like you will have to sit with it in your lap almost to even use it. Again that isnt even the problem. The problem is, it charges SLOWER than Apple's own wall charger.

84. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are likely correct because the S6/Note 5 don't support this technology because they must have Qualcomm chipsets and all of Samsung's 2015 phones are Exynos. Which is why Samsung made a tech supporting PMA and Qi.

4. Rafishant

Posts: 395; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Next time, read the article before spreading hate comments

15. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I wouldn't worry just a troll looking for attention, just ignore them. There is one on every iPhone 7 post you could think of.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nahhh, it'll just be a welcomed mature feature that's new to iOS. Also when you mention android, mention the Palm Pre. It had it long ago too.

6. Raito

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

I think it's difficult bro because those Fandroids always thing that their handheld are greatest innovation in the world,they will thing that Palm Pre or even Symbian doesn't exist,all technologies are from Android era,silly huh?

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I can't speak for the other "fandroids" but I don't think my device is the greatest innovation in the world, but then I also don't think that any other smartphone is either. They're all pretty much the same, other than minor differences in features and performance. There is nothing glaringly different between any of these devices if you actually look at them without bias. I have no problem with the iPhone or Windows phone. If anything I have issues with their business practices and their fanbase, but then again I can say the same for Google as well. But hey, keep following that they're wrong/we're right mentality, great way to set yourself apart from them.

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

How quickly we forget what phones were before the original iPhone...what your saying is all phones now pretty much look like a larger version of the revolution that happened in 2007.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Notice BLSEOTB didn't respond to that one?

98. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I'll intercede a response at this moment... NOT ONLY did Apple steal from Palm Pre, but STOLE Sony employees, and their design secrets... http://www.dailytech.com/Samsung+Apples+iPhone+Started+as+Sony+Ripoff/article25277.htm Then the greedy Apple ripped off HTC's DESIGN, which they're currently using... I judge fairly, I use an iPhone also. O.o

56. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I haven't forgotten anything. But that also doesn't mean that everything single device is revolutionary anymore either. In fact besides the original iPhone and maybe a handful of others, none of it is revolutionary. The ip4 with Retina wasn't revolutionary, it was evolutionary. And no I'm not saying that at all, I'm saying that even Apple hasn't done anything revolutionary since the first one, no matter how many times they used the term in their keynote, or how many of their fanboys yell it. Everything since then has been pretty commonplace. What they did with the first one was change how and who used smartphones. Since then they added a higher resolution screen, added a virtual assistant and a fingerprint scanner, none of which was actually their tech.

97. KnowledgeIsPower

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 31, 2016

How quickly did you forget that Htc played a big part of development for the original iPhone up until the third generation!

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yes, very silly. The first phone I had with WC, was the Palm Pre.

66. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. I dont think Android phones are the top innovations in the world, they do have some of the top innovations in the world. Samsung and Qualcomm not only support wireless charging, Samsung took it further by accepting both types in a single device. Then a few months later, brought wireless fast charging which will charge a phone from 0% in less than 90 mins which is half the time of ALL PRESENT iPHONE MODELS. Consider the fact the iPhone has a battery in both models smaller than Samsung's batteries and even with Samsung's standard charger, you can still charge a Note 5 in less than 180 mins. While the iPhone takes over 300 mins with its standard charger and just over 2 hours if you use the iPad charger with the iPhone. This new solution sir, is slower than both Apple's standard wall chargers but it is being called "cutting edge". Here is the quote from the source: "Efficiency of power transfer decreases as the distance between transmitter and receiver grows, which means batteries take longer to recharge. " Which means you need to sit close for an effective charge. You may as well use the cable. At least you can buy an extended USB cable and it will have no effect on how long your device charges.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Read the article... and plural for sheep is "SHEEP".... do you even grammar? My damn Toothbrush had inductive charging before Google even considered buying Android.... It's nothing new... It's all about charging WIRELESSLY - that's something no phone or device can do that I know of... Pad charging IS NOT wireless charging - I've been saying this for years!!! Get it right!!!

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As have I, good point.

22. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

How is it not wireless charging. No wires to phone ,= wireless charging.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

Then how do you describe wi-fi? Do you place your phone of your router to just to use wifi? No. It's WIRELESS. PAD CHARGING is Inductive Charging - not wireless. Because if Apple (or anyone else for that matter) comes out with a way to charge your phone 2 feet, 5 feet, across the room from a charging port without wires - what would you call that? So if using Internet thru air (wifi) is wireless than charging devices thru air is wireless. That means, Whatever android phones and my toothbrush uses to charge is in fact NOT wireless. And the correct term is "inductive". There is a wire to the pad that charges your phone, just because your micro-USB need to be inserted for contact and a pad does not need to be inserted but still requires contact is practically the same thing - just a little more convenient if you don't need to use the phone while it's charging (otherwise it's actually very inconvenient if u need to charge with pad and use the phone). I can't believe you need this to be explained to you...

36. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!

99. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I don't come to PhoneArena daily because i'm keeping my two handsets for another year, but that do not mean I don't keep up with their articles... When I saw this I had to post. Please stop supporting idiots...http://searchmobilecomputing.techtarget.com/definition/wireless-charginghttps://www.techopedia.com/definition/15049/wireless-charginghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inductive_charging I can ask the internet anything i'm researching. O.o

41. khalimany

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

good God! simple english my friend. 'wireless' simply means without wires. inductive charging is still for all intents and purposes wireless. comprende?

45. AlikMalix unregistered

So by that definition our cars are flying off the ground thru the air? I mean, based on your logic, it's not tires that are holding the car up, it's the air inside, right? So it's the pad charging the phone, not the whole assembly of wires carrying electricity thru the pad that's in CONTACT with the device? Think about it, you still have a contact between the pad and the phone, there is a wire carrying electricity to the pad and there's no empty space between the phone and the charging pad, just like there's a wire carrying electricity to the end of the charging cord that is also in contact with the phone and there's no empty space between. As soon as you put half an inch of empty space between pad and phone - it does not charge, same with a charging port. Wireless charging means there is considerable amount of empty space between POWER source and DEVICE that's being charged. If a company Samsung or Apple comes out with real over the air charging solution, what the hell are you going to call it, if induction charging that requires a connection with the pad is already called "wireless"?

46. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

This nonsense argument again. Even with larger distance wireless charging, the transmitter (or multiple) is wired, just like a router is wired. Technology and logic don't seem to be your strongest suit. Wireless is wireless, regardless whether that's 2 inches (Samsung S6 for example) or 3 feet from a wired base station or transmitter. The definition was founded ages ago and does not include vague descriptions like "conderable amount of empty space", as you just made up.

48. AlikMalix unregistered

Not making it up... I consider wireless is something I can pick up and it charges with any device attached or next to it.. like WiFi... I'm just asking, what are you going to call wireless charging when it's not required to be touching a charging mat/pad, but instead can be completely independent in you hand while you're reading something in your bed? What are you going to call that kind of charging when "wireless" is already used to name something that's inductive charging not wireless...?

50. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Inductive is and has been for decades, by definition one of many types of wireless connections or in this case, types of wireless power transmission. That's not magically going to change because people like you would be confused if transmission through a longer distance is called wireless too. The only difference is that there are near field and far field technologies out there. Which isn't exactly new either...

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