Apple iPhone To Finally Gain Wireless Charging Capabilities Next Year, Report Suggests
People who are supposedly familiar with Apple's future plans told Bloomberg that the Cupertino outfit is currently working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop a new wireless technology of its own, one that could be rolled out with its mobile devices next year.
The challenge is that wireless charging doesn't do well with distance, hence why today's devices that support wireless charging need to be placed on or near the power source (a mat, typically).
Some of the groundwork for Apple's plans is already in place. The company filed a patent application several years ago describing an iMac serving as a wireless charging hub that could charge devices from a meter away using near-field magnetic resonance technology. It's similar to the technology used in the Apple Watch, though the wearable's wireless charging capabilities are on a scale of millimeters.