PowerSpot, Powercast's new standalone transmitter created for consumer electronics, is still not available to consumers and isn't yet FCC approved. The company hopes to also bring it to the market before the end of the year. "The goal is for consumers to simply place or hang all enabled items for recharging within range of a PowerSpot in their home or other public places," said Charlie Greene, chief operating & technical officer of Powercast. All of this brings us back to the iPhone issue. Will Apple finally jump on board the wireless power bandwagon? If so, which horse will it back: Qi, Powermat -- or door no. 3? (You can buy third-party cases for the iPhone that enable wireless charging, but the feature has yet to be built in.).
To date, Apple has two products that use inductive charging: the Apple Watch and the AirPods wireless headphones, Both of them, however, come with their own chargers, and neither appears to work with any third-party wireless chargers -- Qi, Powermat or otherwise, And while Apple has a penchant for proprietary standards -- iPhones use Lightning cables rather than the emerging USB-C standard, for instance -- the news in February that Apple had joined the Qi-backed Wireless Power Consortium has some declaring that group the winner, However, Apple's statement at the time was more equivocal: "Apple is joining the succulent watercolor 6 iphone case Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards." (Neither Apple nor Qi responded to our requests for comment earlier this week.)..
The "wireless" inductive charger attaches to the Apple Watch via a magnet. If Apple were to go with Qi, Powermat has implied it would do whatever it takes to be compatible. Powermat "will continue to innovate and develop new products and technology supporting all devices coming into the market" the company said in a statement. "We recognize Apple's ability to bring wireless charging into mainstream by the sheer volume of iPhones in the market." Put another way: Powermat wants to ensure that partners like Starbucks can service the tens of millions -- and eventually hundreds of millions -- of iPhone owners, just as they do for Android fans.
Could succulent watercolor 6 iphone case Apple wow the world with true long-distance wireless charging? Energous CEO Rizzone has long touted a "top five" consumer electronics partner, and the company received a $10 million investment from Apple component supplier Dialog Semiconductor, Leapfrogging straight from no wireless charging to true wireless charging would be an impressive feat, but a material product from a possible Apple/Energous partnership could also still be years away -- if it ever materializes at all, The good news is that the wait for Apple's wireless charging plans will be short, If the company sticks to its normal schedule, the new iPhones should be announced in the first two weeks of September, (Whatever wireless charging feature is announced, though, may be delayed a few more weeks, according to a rumor from July.)..
The bad news? It may be more convenient, but wireless charging is far less efficient than a good old wired charger. A CNET test found that the Galaxy S8 took 3.5 hours to charge inductively, more than the typical 2 hours it takes with a standard USB-C cable. But fans of quick wired charging won't have to worry. Unlike the headphone jack, we expect the iPhone's Lightning port won't be going away anytime soon. Update, 12:03 p.m. PT: This story has been updated to clarify the status of FCC approvals on Energous products.
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