Apple is said to be 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 it own’t be until at least 2017 to get access to 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, in particular those who have switched from Android devices that have wireless charging, have been calling out for this technology for years. There are multiple outlets for wireless charging on android platforms, and Apple already offers it in Apple Watch, and some rumors have claimed it will be available with iPhone 7 or the rumored iPhone 7s.
It appears that will be more of a wait 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. Especially since the price for new Apple chargers are almost twice the price as Android chargers in many markets.
Demand for the iPhone has been declining in recent months, and new features like wireless charging could make future Apple smartphones even more enticing to consumers. Recent rumors have claimed Apple is also working on dual camera systems for better quality photos. But, as usual form Apple, the public will not have much information until their annual conference in September.