What do you think about wireless charging? Well, whether you like it or love it, wireless charging is coming to our mobile devices soon. That would explain why Apple just joined the Wireless Power Consortium.
Wait, what’s that? The Wireless Power Consortium is a multinational technology consortium (Wikipedia). It was formed in 2008, and its mission is to create and promote wide market adoption of its interface standard, Qi, which is used for wireless charging across a number of products. So, basically, this consortium wants all our charging to be done without cables. And Apple has joined them. You know what this means, right? Let me spell it out: it means that the next iPhone could come with wireless charging. Yay for Apple!
We all know that charging devices wirelessly is not exactly a new thing; heck, Samsung has had that feature for a while. Well, according to analyst Vicky Yussuff, “The success of wireless charging adoption from Apple’s competitors is something that Apple can no longer ignore”. She also pointed out that according to a survey of Apple consumers, 90% of these dudes want wireless charging. That’s a lot of people that want to cut ties with the chargers.
I must say at this point that the Qi wireless charger is quite cool. With this device, you could charge your phone through any of two methods: inductive charging or resonant charging. Well, so far, Apple has not made any announcement about its plans for the Qi standard. However, they did issue a statement I which they declared their affiliation with the Wireless Power Consortium. They also expressed excitement at e prospect of working with the other members of the consortium.
Other members of the Wireless Power Consortium include Lenovo, LG, HTC, Huawei, Sony, Nokia and (surprise. . .) Samsung. This means that with Apple now in their ranks, the companies with the largest market share in mobile phones are members of the consortium. This also means that at some point in the near future, almost all devices we will use will support wireless charging. The future is here, folks.
Updated August 2021: Find out which iPhones have wireless charging.