Apple has never supported wireless charging on any of its mobile devices. The iPhone has been out since 2007 and not one model has been released which has this feature, on the other hand, countless smartphones on other platforms like Android have had this feature for a very long time. Will Apple ever bring wireless charging to iPhone? If some of the latest hires Apple has made are any indication that might be happening with the 2017 iPhone.
According to a report, Apple has hired two people from wireless charging company uBeam over the past four months, and that it has hired more than a dozen people with wireless charging technology experience over the past two years.
uBeam’s technology is a bit different from conventional wireless charging technology that requires some form of direct content between the device and a charging base. uBeam is taking a different approach by trying to use ultrasonic waves to charge devices that are further away from the base, so users won’t necessarily have to put down their devices while they’re wirelessly charged.
Rumor has it that Apple could consider supporting wireless charging with the 2017 iPhones but obviously, nothing can be said for sure at this point in time. The company does have a few patents on distance charging but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the technology is going to make it to future iPhones.
As always, there has been no comment from Apple on this report.