Wireless charging for iPhone. Alright, I admit this is something of a no-brainer prediction on my part. Wireless charging exists on other smartphones so why not iPhone already? After all, Apple Watch already has wireless charging.
As it turns out, wireless charging is something of a hodgepodge of standards and mechanisms and has enough problems that Apple hasn’t rushed into it the way Samsung and other smartphone makers have. Google problems with wireless charging and you’ll get a laundry list of mostly Samsung smartphones with all kinds of issues, so it’s safe to say that wireless charging isn’t as mature as plugging your iPhone into a charger cable.
There are different wireless standards and each has their own list of features and benefits. Some are magnetic induction, others are magnetic resonance charging, and if it all sounds confusing, well, it is. Apple doesn’t like confusion. Apple Watch is about as easy as it gets and for the most part, it works flawlessly. That’s what Apple likes.
Apple has applied for a handful of wireless charging patents this year alone, and the latest indicates that it’s still a jungle out there, but the latest indicates a direction that our favorite iPhone maker may go and offer truly wireless charging that goes beyond what we see in Samsung devices and Apple Watch.
Even Apple acknowledges the issues with true over-the-air wireless charging, which could be a far more elegant solution than dropping an iPhone onto a pad– the Samsung way– which isn’t much different than plugging an iPhone into a charger.
So, to say wireless charging of some kind is coming to a future iPhone is an easy guess, but the real question is, well, when. iPhone 8? That’s what the rumor mill says. But it also says we’ll have a $1,000 iPhone, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, and blah blah.
What would be cool and truly elegant wireless charging is something near field whereby the iPhone’s battery is charged when you’re physically near a charger or charging station without touching it, and you are not required to pull the device out of your pocket, drop it on a charger, and wait. That might be the holy grail Apple is waiting for but pragmatism rules, and that’s not what anyone expects to see in iPhone 8 in 2017.
One device that caught my eye earlier this year is the MotherBox, and odd looking contraption that charges iPhones and Android smartphones without a connection, charging stand, or touch.
The MotherBox is the first wireless charger that can REALLY wirelessly charge your device. There’s no contact required. It’s truly wireless. You can charge your iOS or Android devices simultaneously and never worry about your charging cables again. Enjoy watching your favorite show, use your favorite app…all while keeping charged at the same time. No more interruptions. No more tangled cords. No more low battery mode syndrome. The MotherBox can charge multiple devices simultaneously and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Sounds great, right?
Maybe the company will gather the necessary funds to build the device en mass, or Apple will buy the technology (or, is working on their own anyway), but this is what I’m talking about.