Editorial: Wireless Charging For iPhone



Wireless syncing is an absolutely marvelous invention. The ability to sync your device without having to hunt around for a little white cable is, quite clearly, one of the highlights of iOS 5 and a simple pleasure which long time iPhone/iPad users will appreciate.

However, the smugness inherent in clicking that ‘Sync’ button in iTunes while lying in bed, knowing full well that your iPhone is on the coffee table in the lounge, is short lived when your battery indicator turns red. When your iPhone power runs low, can you see yourself, brow furrowed and mumbling, as you insert the Universal Dock Adaptor into the bottom of your device (or indeed, place your iPhone on a specifically designed dock) for the second time that day. Shouldn’t a company who implemented wireless syncing in iOS 5 be implementing wireless charging in the iPhone as well?

Of course, this wireless power technology has been around for quite a while and is already available to iPhone 4 and 4S users through the wizardry of third party cases and pads. Slot your iPhone into a compatible case and lay it on a charging pad and, presto, you are sorted for power. As the battery in the iPhone discharges, the battery in the case initiates charging and your iPhone is topped up. Nice.

So, if Apple are seeking to make the next generation iPhone dramatically different from its predecessors, aside from taking Siri out of beta(!), an excellent concept would be to make the iPhone 5 completely wire-free by integrating smart wireless charging technology into the iPhone itself. Sure, you could still use the dock adaptor when required, but personally, a leather covered, backlit charging mat which looked a little like an iPad 2 smart cover would float my boat when it comes to next gen power management for the iPhone.

If released, no doubt it would shoot quickly to the lofty heights of the Top Sellers section as a bargain on the Apple Store (despite the $200 price tag).

Ready, Set, Charge…

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

    And now i need how much space on my desk or somewhere to lay a pad for charging. And i bet there is a warning that it can cause electrical interference. Opps wiped out a hard drive that got to close.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

    sorry wireless charging on a charging pad is useless!   WHY?????  with a wire i can still use my phone!!!!! on a pad i cant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.applebitch.com AppleBitch

      Not really useless – it’s a design improvement rather than an improvement in functionality and a wire could still be used if you were cryingly desperate and spouting question marks :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

        Again useless….   Another rant for more of something without thinking about how it would really work. 

        • http://www.applebitch.com AppleBitch

          1. Not a rant
          2. Not useless
          3. How it would work – drop device on pad and charge. Not complicated.
          4. Piss off if you don’t like it

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

            3) and unusable during that time!     Why don’t you write an article about how foodless food would be great!

          • http://www.applebitch.com AppleBitch

            Eh

    • Neil

      You aren’t seeing the big picture.  The vision behind wireless charging is that you wont need to have a charging pad that is visible and have to carry it around.  The idea is that the charging pad will be integrated into furniture all over such as hotels, coffee houses, airports, cars, planes, etc… so the availability will be there where ever you go and you don’t have to carry around your charging cable and look for a place to plug in the adapter.   Not being able to talk on it while it is charging is a minor issue.  You won’t be in a situation as much that you would have to plug it in and needing to talk because your battery will most likely never get low.

      One more thing.  If Apple would get off its azz and implement Qi wireless technology which is already a standard technology with over 100 companies adopting it, it would make it easy for everyone.  But the big spoiled brat that Apple is, they have to do everything their own way, thus isolating itself from others.

      • RsmurfRantforfree

        Dream on!

        • Neil

          No dream at all!  It is happening right now!  Do a google search.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

            whats GOOGLE?

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JFQM7X25ROW4YUJU3DLZRCOCLU Rick

             The idea is that the charging pad will be integrated into furniture all over such as hotels, coffee houses, airports, cars, planes, etc… so the availability will be there where ever you go and you don’t have to carry around your charging cable and look for a place to plug in the adapter. 
            Furniture get real!

          • Neil

            Yes, furniture.  See this video: http://www.ki.com/wirelesspower/