Apple reportedly working on wireless charging that surpasses current competition
Apple is reportedly looking to incorporate wireless charging technology in its mobile devices as early as next year, according to unnamed sources who spoke with Bloomberg.
Competitors like Samsung and Google and third-party providers have dabbled in wireless charging for some time. However, the report from Bloomberg said that Apple's technology will work at distances farther than anything else currently on the market.
Most devices that charge wirelessly require direct contact or proximity with some kind of conduit. If Apple could up that electrifying leash to even a few feet, it would be a huge win for the company in an increasingly competitive smartphone market.
Apple is not entirely new to the idea of wireless charging. As Bloomberg noted, the company filed a patent in 2010 that would allow an Apple desktop to wirelessly charge nearby devices. Further, the Apple Watch doesn't plug in like a traditional Apple mobile device, as it rests on a magnetic charging cable or dock to collect energy.
If Apple's reported move does finally cut the cord on charging, this could make mobile device use even more seamless with an everyday workflow.
Batteries seem to be the weakest link for manufacturers creating new devices. Computing power, software, form factors, peripherals and everything else crammed on mobile devices continue to advance, though battery power has relatively stagnated.
Added strain with no added strength means a red battery symbol at the top of the screen is a death sentence for a mobile worker's productivity – either the phone dies or a worker's ability to use it does while it's plugged in. However, if Apple has figured out how to create "wireless charging zones" free of any stringent leash that wireless pads still require, workers could use their devices without a difference.
- read the report from Bloomberg
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