Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Ever since the Palm Pre landed on store shelves a few years back, with its super-convenient TouchStone charger, rumors of a similar technology being built in to an iPhone have been circling. And today, they’ve cropped up again.
The somewhat hit-and-miss publication, DigiTimes has published a report based on information from its usual hoard of supply chain sources claiming that 2013 will be the year for wireless charging. In its report, the site claims that both Apple and its arch-enemy Samsung are investing time and money in to wireless charging.
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.
While DigiTimes has been right in the past about Apple’s plans, it has more often than not been way off. Virtually everyone with any knowledge of Apple agrees that the company is set to release an iPhone 5S this year. What that means – design wise – is that it will look and feel exactly the same as the iPhone 5. To incorporate wireless charging would radically alter the design. If Apple is to release wireless charging capabilities in an iPhone it’ll be 2014 at the earliest.
Of course, I’m happy to be proven wrong on this, but I cannot see this happening. In short: don’t get your hopes up.