Apple has explored in the past the concept of wireless charging, albeit by using magnetic fields emanating from devices as opposed to placing it on a wireless charging mat. Since those were merely patents, it was hard to tell if such a feature would ever come to fruition, but thanks to a report from Digitimes, it looks like we could expect a wireless charging feature from Apple as early as this year.
“Apple is likely to adopt the wireless charging technology developed internally, but it remains unknown if the next-generation iPhone will come with built-in wireless charging capability or with other attached accessories, said the sources.”
While wireless charging might sound like a novel and potentially useful feature, a wireless charging system was downplayed by Apple’s Phil Schiller back in 2012. According to Schiller, he did not see the point if the charging system had to be plugged into the wall, as opposed to using USB cords that can be plugged into a wall via an adapter, or into computers, cars and even airplanes.
Either way with Digitimes not exactly having the best track record when it comes to Apple rumors, we will be taking this with a grain of salt for now, but you can bet we will be surprised if Apple were to announce such a feature later this year.