Powermat backs off claim that next iPhone will get wireless charging


iPhone wireless charging
2017 will be the year iPhone gets wireless charging.
Photo: Ivo Marić and Tomislav Rastovac

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a response from Powermat Technlogies.

One of the most heavily rumored features of the next iPhone was seemingly confirmed by a wireless charging accessory maker before being quickly disavowed. In a press release sent out today for something not even related to Apple, Powermat Technologies CEO Elad Dubzinski claimed wireless charging would become a “standard feature” in the 2017 iPhone lineup.

When contacted by Cult of Mac, Powermat said, basically, that the company doesn’t know what it’s talking about. “It’s all speculation at this point,” a Powermat rep said. “We have no inside information. Sorry to mislead.”

Dubzinski’s flub appeared in the company’s announcement that it has hired Dan Stone as Powermat’s new chairman of the board. For some reason, the company decided it was also a great time to leak details about the iPhone 8.

“With the recent announcement by Apple that wireless charging will become a standard feature in the next iPhone, we are finally at the threshold of mainstream adoption,” said Dubzinski in a statement.

To be clear, Apple has not publicly announced that it will bring wireless charging to the next iPhone. So the Powermat CEO is either privy to some secret info — and just royally pissed off Tim Cook by leaking it — or he’s making assumptions based on rumors like the rest of us.

Dubzinski could be referring to the fact that Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium earlier this year. Given that he’s CEO of one of the biggest up-and-coming wireless power companies, he likely has access to some insider info, though.