For years iPhone customers have been asking for wireless charging as a feature in new iPhones. Since the iPhone was launched, however, the feature has never come. With new patents being filed by Apple and new speculation of the iPhone 8, 2017 might just be the year for wireless charging.
Apple has been filing patents hinting at wireless charging since 2013, meaning more patents for the technology does not automatically mean wireless charging would be added this year. New design rumors of the iPhone 8 are supporting the ability to charge wirelessly more than ever. The new phone is rumored to have an all glass back which is needed for inductive charging. Inductive charging cannot penetrate aluminum; which Apple has used to construct the majority of their iPhones. Moving to an all glass back is a major step, one that Samsung took when it added inductive charging to its mobile devices.
Apple’s continuous filing of new patents regarding wireless charging also hints at improvements. Technology changes and advances every year, allowing the charging solutions to possibly become more efficient, seamless, and easier to use for customers.
The various patents also point towards several different ways to charge devices. Some drawings include tables that have a charging coil built in, a charging station that sits on a desk, or possibly even Apple’s own laptops having charging features built in to charge an iPhone or Apple Watch.
Patents also suggests an iPad could charge an iPhone, and even vice versa. This feature alone could eliminate the need for several charging cables, or extra battery packs.
There have also been rumors of Apple working with 3rd parties to develop new technology to accomplish their goals, but none have been officially confirmed, they have only been hinted at. With all of this new speculation, it does appear Apple is working towards implementing some version of wireless charging into its devices. Whether that is this year, of the next year, is still very unclear. It is clear thought that Apple has listened and is working to implement the feature to satisfy the needs of its customers.