Apple’s wireless charging pad won’t land for quite some time


iPhone 8 wireless charging
For now, you'll have to use third party Qi chargers.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

Apple’s been working on its own wireless charging accessory, but don’t necessarily expect to see it to ship alongside the company’s new iPhones.

That’s according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. While the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will reportedly all support wireless inductive charging standards, users must settle for third-party Qi chargers (at least at first).

It’s not clear how long Apple’s solution will take to arrive, but it’s not yet entered production. That’s because Apple is said to be waiting on unspecified “technological breakthroughs” to take place before it commits to mass production.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple won’t discuss the charger at today’s big iPhone X event, however. Last year, Apple showed off its wireless AirPods at September’s iPhone event, although manufacturing problems didn’t see them actually ship to customers until Christmas was almost upon us.

Apple wireless charging problems

From relatively early on in the 2017 iPhone production process, issues with Apple’s wireless charging technology have been reported. It was even claimed that Apple was working on futuristic technology that used 5GHz radio frequency signals, coupled with beam-forming tech, to allow the iPhone to be charged completely wirelessly, without special pads. Eventually, these reports faded away.

In February, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the group behind Qi technology.

How much of a big deal is the iPhone’s ability to charge using inductive charging pads? Will it make or break your decision to go with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or 10th anniversary iPhone X over an existing handset on the market? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts on the importance of wireless charging tech.

Via: 9to5Mac

  • BMPVisual

    Ming Chi Kuo is such a hack. Every guess under the sun, every iphone.

    • Daniel Hertlein

      There aren’t many industry people who share your view. He’s not one of those analysts who says “This thing will happen on this date or I’ll eat my hat” because even Apple doesn’t know that. Nor is he big on clickbaitish prognostications based on his opinion of the market forces. Instead you get a realistic portrait of what’s going on inside Apple at any given point as they get closer to release date. He’s sought after because he’s right most of the time. Predicting something a few hours before the event isn’t as impressive as predicting it a month out. But it’s not like anyone else is saying this about the QI pads and in predicting this in these words, he’s also putting to rest the other big rumor that Apple will force users into their own proprietary standard.
      As someone who makes his living dispensing advice to people that don’t often want to hear it but pay me anyway because they believe they need to hear it, I can say that armchair quarterbacking is easy. There’s always a bunch of them, usually with their own vested interest. Putting your name and reputation on the line is not.
      Welcome to the club. We’ll see if he’s right or you are soon enough. If they ship QI pads with the iPhone X, you win. If they don’t…

    • Daniel Hertlein

      You totally called it. /s

  • Daniel Hertlein

    Personally, I don’t see what the big deal is with this type of wireless charging. Is it really such a big convenience to swap out a 2 oz cable that coils into a 2” circke for a big heavy pad just in order to be able to set the iPhone down on top of it? At least if they use the industry standard we’ll be able to use the 3rd party pads already out there including furniture integrated solutions by IKEA, etc which is about the only way I see this being useful to me. I’m assuming if they’re waiting for technology to catch up, they’ll have their own wrinkle. True wireless would be amazing.

  • Richard Swanson

    If the wireless charger has to be plugged in, why can’t the phone be plugged in also? The whole wireless thing seems to be a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

  • Daniel Hertlein

    On second thought, the Apple Aircharger is a real step forwarding convenience.. Some of my dislike for wireless charging is based on always having to fumble around for the end of the ridiculously long Apple Watch cable. I can actually see carrying this with me.