This is from the always-questionable Digitimes, so take it for what it’s worth, but Intel may be planning on rolling out the ability to wirelessly charge smartphones to its 2013 Ultrabook standard. If so, that means that we might all be wirelessly charging our iPhones and iPads from our MacBook Airs as soon as the end of next year.
Intel’s wireless charging solution uses an ultrabook as the power source paired with related software and a transmitter to wirelessly charge a smartphone. According to Intel’s data, the solution will feature lower power consumption and does not require the phone to be put in a very specific position…
Sources from notebook players also pointed out that Intel’s Haswell platform is unlikely to fully adopt the wireless charging technology and the idea is expected be seen in just a few models in the second half of 2013.
If this report is true, there’s a good chance we could see it in the 2013 MacBook Airs, which tend to be the first ultrabooks to get Intel’s latest tech. Whether Apple will actually make use of that tech is, of course, less clear, but it doesn’t take a genius to see that wireless charging would be a great showcase feature of the iPhone 6..