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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Did Apple Balk By Overlooking Wireless Charging In The New iPhones? [Opinion]

Two spanking new iPhones were announced by Apple yesterday, and unless you live under a rock, you know that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be released soon. According to the Cupertino company, "the only thing that's changed is everything."

Yet, many experts feel the new iPhones failed to wow anyone. Yes, they are faster, have a better camera and have the new multi-touch technology built in, but one feature that's left me scratching my head is wireless charging capability and its lack thereof.

Wireless charging has been available on Android for quite some time now. And it works great at the moment. Why is wireless charging such a big issue? In my opinion it is a vital feature needed for CarPlay. Read this post from a few days back.

Wireless CarPlay is baked into iOS 9 and when the technology becomes available commercially (car hardware needs to be available too), users will face a major issue. Their phones will lose battery power much rapidly while using CarPlay wirelessly. If Apple expects people to physically plug in their phones for charging, it defeats the 'wireless CarPlay' purpose.

Android phones with wireless charging capability using the Qi standard have remained sleek so it's not like it would affect the new iPhone's thin design. In fact, there is a third-party contraption you can purchase right now for under $20 to get wireless charging on your iPhone and it's no thicker than a piece of adhesive tape.

Is Apple holding back wireless charging capability for its next iPhone - the iPhone 7? The company has said all along that wireless CarPlay needs car hardware to be on par to work. Maybe it is still about a year away. Maybe this was all an 'intentional balk' if ever there was one. Remains to be seen.

Image source: Apple

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