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).