Apple is developing a new long-range wireless charging system for future iPhones, according to a new report. The Cupertino company is said to be working with partners in the U.S. and Asia on the technology, but we’ll have to wait until at least 2017 to get our hands on it.
“Apple is exploring cutting-edge technologies that would allow iPhones and iPads to be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones, the people said, asking not to be identified as the details are private,” reports Bloomberg.
“The iPhone maker is looking to overcome technical barriers including loss of power over distance with a decision on implementing the technology still being assessed, they said.”
Many iPhone users, especially those who have switched from Android-powered devices that have wireless charging, have been calling out for this technology for years. Apple already offers it in Apple Watch, and some rumors have claimed it will be available with iPhone 7.
It now seems like we’ll have to wait a little longer for it, but it could be well worth the wait if Apple’s new technology meant our iPhones didn’t have to be in direct contact with a charging pad — as is the case with rival devices today.
Demand for the iPhone has been falling in recent months, and new features like wireless charging could make future Apple smartphones even more exciting to consumers. Recent rumors have claimed the company is also working on dual camera systems for better photos.