A report this morning from DigiTimes that Apple is looking to add wireless charging to the iPhone in 2013. This contrasts a report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose sources suggest the iPhone 5S main features will be a faster A7 chip, improved camera optics and a unique fingerprint chip that will reside under the home button.
Wireless charging is certainly nothing new, with Palm’s webOS smartphones among the first major smartphone manufacturers to offer it commercially. It’s been adopted by other big manufacturers including Nokia and LG. If Apple were indeed planning to include wireless charging on their flagship iPhone for 2013, either DigiTimes or Kuo have bad information. In their own report, DigiTimes appears to contradict their own reporting.
Apple is likely to adopt the wireless charging technology developed internally, but it remains unknown if the next-generation iPhone will come with built-in wireless charging capability or with other attached accessories, said the sources.
It will be interesting to see how Apple goes about introducing wireless charging to the iPhone, without adversely affecting the design of the iPhone. This sort of charging often requires a special backplate, so it would like mean a departure from the anodized aluminum styling of the iPhone 5.