According to a report from Digitimes, Apple is looking into bringing wireless charging to the iPhone 5S as early as this year. Samsung and Apple are both reportedly exploring the option as a standard in their devices, following other companies such as LG, HTC, and Nokia which are all part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The sources note that Samsung, which is expected to introduce their Galaxy S IV, will include the Qi wireless charging technology, operated by Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).
The Qi wireless technology works via electromagnetic induction, with WPC hoping that they can make this a standard across the market with all types of devices. Despite the technology making charging easier for users, the Samsung Galaxy S IV and perhaps even the iPhone may not build in the technology, forcing users to buy compatible back covers which will induct the charge. It still remains unclear as to whether Apple will even include the feature.
Samsung’s adoption of the Qi standards may drive the technology to become mainstream for smartphones, outperforming those promoted by the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA).
It is quite possible that with advancements in technology progressing further each year, Apple would be able to build-in wireless charging into all of its devices in the next few years. Including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even the rumored iWatch. When looking at the progression of mobile devices as a whole, the smartphone industry was practically nonexistent 5-6 years ago. There is no reason why Apple or even Samsung shouldn’t be able to create the next big tech revolution.