Next Year’s MacBook Airs Could Wirelessly Charge Future iPhones [Rumor]

Next Year’s MacBook Airs Could Wirelessly Charge Future iPhones [Rumor]

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.

Digitimes reports:

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.

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  • Dovales

    Would the iPhone 4S and New iPad be compatible with this technology?

  • Tally

    Would the iPhone 4S and New iPad be compatible with this technology?

    No, not even the sixth generation of the iPhone (the one about to be released) would be compatible. It would require new hardware and software that MIGHT be added to the seventh generation iPhone that would be released next year (that’s if you believe the report from Digitimes).

    The same things goes for the New iPad. Only a generation released next year (2013) would possibly be compatible after Apple has had time to work with this new technology from Intel and properly add the necessary hardware/software to their devices. Even then, the iPad might require too much power to be wirelessly charged from an Ultrabook.

  • technochick

    I suspect that this is more the Ultrabook and thus digi is playing the game of ‘Apple will do what everyone else is doing’ which basically never comes true

  • joewaylo

    Would the iPhone 4S and New iPad be compatible with this technology?

    You can use wireless charging by purchasing a PowerMat or Energizer kit, but they are separate power sources.

  • Nathaniel Garcia

    I think this is B.S. – wireless charging uses electromagnetic induction, which would need huge hardware and power, something an ultrabook would never have.

  • mr_bee

    A MacBook Air is actually *not* an “ultrabook” and what intel rolls into it’s chips generally has no bearing on the MacBook Air design.

    The fact that the technology may exist next year, definitley does *not* equate to “… there’s a good chance we could see it in the 2013 MacBook Airs.” At all.

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