Apple’s iPhone X will reportedly support wireless charging, but the company’s own charger pad won’t be ready when the new smartphone ships.
Wireless, or inductive charging, uses a special plate to transfer power to the iPhone’s battery instead of relying on cables. Simply set the phone on the plate to start charging it up.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s sources say Apple’s own charger base won’t be ready for the iPhone X launch and that the company needs “technological breakthroughs” before it can start shipping. He said,
Apple has higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications, so there will be no definite mass production timetable prior to technological breakthroughs.
That means if you’re hoping to buy Apple’s own wireless charging station along with your new iPhone X you’re out of luck. That doesn’t, however, mean wireless charging is off the table because third-party products will work.
Apple’s wireless charging will support the WPC standard, meaning many third-party products that also support the standard can charge your new iPhone. That’s good news for companies that are ready to jump in right away with their own wireless charging solutions.
Apple’s “Let’s meet at our place” media event is set to start at 10AM pacific time today. The company is expected to unveil new iPhone models, including the iPhone X, along with an updated Apple Watch and Apple TV. Be sure to follow along with The Mac Observer’s analysis and announcement coverage.
[Thanks to Business Insider for the heads up]