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Here’s how Apple’s first iPhone with wireless charging might work

by Jacob Kleinman | September 16, 2016September 16, 2016 7:00 am PST

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Rumor has it Apple might finally add wireless charging in time for the 2017 iPhone. Now a new report may reveal the company it’s working with to introduce the new feature and how the technology will work.

VentureBeat did some digging and found evidence that Apple has been working with Energous since at least 2014. The small company is developing WattUp technology, which lets you charge a device wirelessly without placing it on a physical surface. Instead, it used a system of transmitters and receivers that can be built into future mobile products. WattUp allegedly has a range of 15 feet and is capable of charging up to 12 devices at once. You could also use a mobile app to control which devices it charges and how much power they consume.

Energous first mentioned its relationship with Apple in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing where it revealed it’s done compliance testing with Apple. That suggests the companies have looked into integrating WattUp into future iOS devices. Energous also confirmed it was working with “one of the top five consumer electronics companies” in an interview with EETimes last year, hinting that new products could arrive as soon as late 2016 or early 2017

That last part may have been wishful thinking. We’re not expecting a wireless charging iPhone until at least late next year. But if Apple can integrate WattUp technology into its next model (or even the one after that) it should be worth the wait.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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