Hot on the heels of iPhone 5 rumors from yesterday, a new story has emerged today which suggests that the iPhone 6, which is expected to be launched in 2012, could have a new way of charging. The report comes once again from the Wall Street Journal (via MacRumors), who suggest that the sixth iteration of the iPhone will be a major revamp from previous generations and that Apple has been experimenting with new ways of charging the iPhone. The report also suggests that the company is still looking to release a cheaper version of the iPhone with an edge-to-edge screen.
The new form of battery charging likely will refer to a technology such as induction charging which has already made an appearance in other devices such as the Evo 4G (probably a good move given the power consumption of 4G chips at the moment). Inductive charging allows a user to place a handset onto a charging pad and use an electromagnetic field for conductive charging of a device, essentially doing away with the need for a wired connection.
With the iPhone 5 expected to look much like a spec-bumped iPhone 4 and rumors suggesting that the next generation iPhone 6 will possess NFC and 4G technology, Apple is likely looking for ways to make the iPhone 6 significantly different from the previous model. Given that they are also implementing at wireless syncing of devices in iOS 5, would inductive charging of the iPhone completely eliminate the need for wired connections of the iPhone. Hopefully.