Apple To Introduce Wireless Charging
According to credible Foxconn sources, Energous will be working on wireless charging technology for Apple. Energous is currently developing a wireless charging technology known as WattUp. It is becoming pretty apparent that Apple may be thinking of switching to long distance charging with its next phone.
Reportedly Foxconn Technology Group is also working with Energous for the WattUp technology.
Energous Sheds Light on the Collaboration
“Our collaboration with Foxconn gives Energous tremendous access to a company that is at the forefront of technology for consumer electronics.” said Stephen R. Rizzone, CEO of Energous Corporation. “The fact that initial product designs have come together so quickly. It demonstrates the strength of our partnership. As well as the ease of integrating WattUp technology.”
Nikkei Asian Review
The Asia-focused English-language publication Nikkei Asian Review broke the story about this partnership. Even though the company later issued a statement downplaying the evidence for the partnership, but – notably – without actually denying it.
Current inductive wireless charging solutions on the market require devices to rest on a charging mat. However, Energous’ WattUp tech can charge devices from up to 15 ft away using a transmitter and receiver.
According to WattUp Website:
“WattUp RF-based charging can be integrated to provide wire-free charging to a wide variety of electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboards and mice, headsets, sensors, LED lights, remote controls and toys… A Radio Frequency (RF) system, similar to a Wi-Fi system, delivers safe wire-free charging energy at a distances of up to approximately 15ft from a transmitter to a receiver device, such as a mobile phone, and maintains charging while the receiver is in motion. Up to 12 receiver devices can be managed by the system simultaneously, depending on system specifications.”
It is still unclear whether this technology will be perfected before the launch of iPhone 8.