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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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posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:10 15

1. BLSEOTB (Posts: 334; Member since: 24 Mar 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:13 17

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 4959; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

The article is referring to distance charging...something Samsung has been working on for probably 5 years now. It currently isn't in any Android phone.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:00 4

58. Unordinary (unregistered)

Yay cancer!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:36

64. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Really? Magnetic particles in a controlled environment don't cause cancer. I know you were joking, but I am compensating for all the other idiots who will take you seriously.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:35

63. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Yes and its also slower than using a standard charging cable. Yeah that really cutting edge.

Thank you Qualcomm and Samsung for fast charging and fast wireless charging.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:24

73. Unordinary (unregistered)

Apple has been working on this for a while too. I believe they patented a specific method 5+ years ago.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 12:50

76. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)

Yes they did. And WiPower is the company that pioneered the tech and Qualcomm bought it 5 years ago and Android phones have already supported the tech. It simply required a special back cover.

This is why Samsung spoke more highly of their own technology because it is built into the phone and doesnt require the cases.

The S6 family I believe doesnt support this because it requires Qualcomm chips and the S6 family uses only Exynos.

The S7 will likely support the WiPower Qualcomm option because it will be using a 8xx chipset.

So it will still be before the iPhone 7. BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 15:50

90. Unordinary (unregistered)

Aren't we talking about complete wireless charging though??. Without silly charging pads where you cant enjoy using your phone while charging, in bed.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:15 14

3. aegislash (Posts: 1023; Member since: 27 Jan 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.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 02:54 4

27. nighthawk_al (Posts: 55; Member since: 23 May 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

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 06:07 4

51. Macready (Posts: 1475; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 09:27

59. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

And that will be an "innovation" right?

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:39

65. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 14:21

84. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:25 8

4. Rafishant (Posts: 364; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

Next time, read the article before spreading hate comments

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 23:25 3

15. BradyCrack (Posts: 827; Member since: 29 Dec 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:26 3

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 24447; Member since: 05 Feb 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:35 4

6. Raito (Posts: 64; Member since: 15 Aug 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?

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:46 6

8. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4752; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 23:25 3

14. nctx77 (Posts: 2374; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 04:12

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 24447; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Notice BLSEOTB didn't respond to that one?

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 09:21

98. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 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...

Then the greedy Apple ripped off HTC's DESIGN, which they're currently using... I judge fairly, I use an iPhone also. O.o

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 07:30

56. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4752; Member since: 04 Mar 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.

posted on 31 Jan 2016, 08:58

97. KnowledgeIsPower (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Jan 2016)

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

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:49

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 24447; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 11:45

66. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14134; Member since: 25 Sep 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.

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:35 5

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!!!

posted on 28 Jan 2016, 22:50 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 24447; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

As have I, good point.

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 01:26 4

22. sissy246 (Posts: 3929; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 29 Jan 2016, 01:42

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...

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