History has taught us, specifically via the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S, that we shouldn’t expect a great deal from the imminent iPhone 5S. In all likelihood, it’ll grab the baton from the iPhone 5, and throw in a faster processor and enhanced camera.
Cheeky old DigiTimes adds the notion of iPhone 5S wireless charging, but that doesn’t seem likely at this stage. Not in the slightest.
DigiTimes has a reputation for being a tad hit-and-miss (to put it politely), and we’re filing this one firmly under ‘miss’.
The DigiPeeps begin: “Following the steps of Nokia, LG Electronics and HTC, Samsung Electronics and Apple are expected to add wireless charging capability to their flagship models in 2013, according to industry sources.
“Apple is likely to adopt the wireless charging technology developed internally, but it remains unknown if the next-generation iPhone will come with built-in wireless charging capability or with other attached accessories, said the sources.”
However, as 9to5mac observes, iPhone 5S wireless charging would probably necessitate an alteration to the iPhone 5’s aluminium bod.
It’s not entirely impossible, but it seems like a heck of a lot of work for something that’s yet to take off. And heck, is it really all that much hassle to pop the charger in? You need to have the friggin’ wireless charging plate plugged in anyway.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, echoed those sentiments last year, bawling: “Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated.”
Apple has patented a “realistic and practical approach” to wireless charging, utilising something called “near-field magnetic resonance”, however it’ll likely apply to low-power devices in the first instance; mouse, keyboard…
And that’s the end of that. So, in a nutshell, don’t expect the iPhone 5S to embrace wireless charging. It’s pointless at this stage, and Apple knows it.