Apple Testing New Method of Charging for 2012 iPhone



Following its report yesterday that promises a thinner, lighter iPhone 5 by the end of this year, The Wall Street Journal now offers us some information on Apple’s 2012 iPhone, which it says will boast a whole “new way of charging.”

Citing people “briefed on Apple’s plans,” the report says Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will be a “major revamp” over previous models, with one new feature that could see the demise of old-fashioned charging cables:

Investors expect a bigger boost to Apple’s phone business next year. People briefed on Apple’s plans said the company is planning a major iPhone revamp then, with one person saying the company has been experimenting with features such as a new way of charging the phone.

Although it’s unclear what the new method of charging may be, many are speculating that the device will adopt a wireless system, such as induction charging, that would negate the need to tether your device to a power source.

Coupled with the wireless iTunes syncing that will be introduced to with iOS 5 this fall, future iPhones may enable us to wave goodbye to our cables altogether for a truly wireless experience.

In addition to these details on Apple’s 2012 iPhone, the WSJ report also mentions the smaller, cheaper iPhone we often hear about, previously dubbed the “iPhone nano.” Apparently, Apple is continuing to develop this device:

Apple has also been working on a less-expensive phone with new features such as an edge-to-edge screen, according to this person.

  • Connor O’Neill

    There are already devices like in the image above which only require a charging ‘slate’ and a special cover for the phone. With iOS 5 on my iPhone 4, I already get this! No Wires!

  • Barton Lynch

    I’d prefer a built-in solution. My brother has a Palm Pre and I love his Touchstone charging dock because it’s so simple. It sounds weird, but I hate plugging on my iPhone in the dark and while I’m half asleep.

  • Travis

    I agree.  I love the Touchstone concept and I’m surprised Apple didn’t move to this more elegant solution earlier like their keyboards and mice other than for the fact that it is more technologically complex and/or expensive.  Also, I know Apple will not put anything out if the user experience is not up to par for instance if charging rates were not fast enough in the earlier technology.  I for one would love to see this elegant solution come to fruition.

  • John McLachlan

    As long as the current method of charging remains.   Easier to carry a little cable while traveling than a whole pad charger device…

  • John

    iPhone Nano! For crying out loud, if you want a smaller smartphone that cant do all the stuff an iPhone can do, just buy and Android! Apple have no real need to fill in the cheap and nasty niche, just like laptops. It’s not like they are losing money or customers at the moment is it? 
    As for slowing overall market share, I never see the figure that may also indicate if the overall market is getting bigger or smaller.
    The so called Smatphone market used to be quite small just 4 years ago because network speed was poor, not many phones had wifi and 3G together, and most for VERY expensive. My Palm3 Treo was over NZ$1000 and it didnt even have wifi! Then that broke, and had to be replaced with a Treo Windows Mobile (or as I called it, the “Crash Monkey” honestly, I had to reset this sucker daily)
    Then Apple launched the iPhone original. And said it was only going to cost US$599 without a plan. Then the “Market” for smartphones exploded!