A couple of months ago The New York Times said that it learned Apple was testing two methods for charging the iWatch, including solar power and wireless charging. The latter popped up in a new report out of China recently, which suggested that Apple is already testing and certifying wireless charging solutions from a company called Luxshare and another unnamed supplier.
We haven’t heard of the source before, so we really mean it when we say this is a big rumor. However, it lines up with the report from The New York Times, and wireless charging certainly makes sense for wearable devices. The Moto 360, for example, which will run on Google’s new Android Wear platform, is also reportedly going to offer wireless charging — something that should make it easier to juice up the gadget instead of having to plug it in. It just seems natural to drop a wearable on a wireless charging plate on your nightstand, for example, instead of looking around for plug.
The report suggests that Apple is going to launch the iWatch in the second half of this year, which also lines up with reports that have pointed to a Q3 release.