Future MacBook Air to wirelessly charge iPhones and iPads

Alicia Jones
12 August, 2012
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A recent report claims a new wireless charging feature for our iPads and iPhones may be available in ultrabooks – including Apple’s MacBook Air – by 2013.

Intel is currently developing a technology for Intel processor-based ultrabooks and smartphones that could enable you to charge devices like the iPhone wirelessly. It is set for launch in the later half of 2013, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Competing with Intel are several other smartphone companies and telecom carriers also developing the technology, according to the DigiTimes report.

NTT Docomo and Sharp have both launched smartphones with wireless charging features that meet the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPS) Qi standard, however the high price could create a barrier to the product for consumers.

Originally Samsung was to launch a wireless charger by the beginning of 2013, however the launch was delayed to allow for improvements to performance, according to the source.

To charge the smartphone wirelessly, Intel uses an ultrabook as the source of power, using related software and a transmitter. Intel is said to be planning to integrate the transmitter and receiver together to lower the cost of production.

Intel’s data shows the feature will use lower power consumption. The technology does not require the phone to be in a specific position.

Apple’s MacBooks are often the first to receive Intel’s latest software so don’t be surprised if this features in the 2013 MacBook Air.


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  1. alan says:

    If receiver and transmiter are joined together that means that it will not be possible to charge iPhone wirelessly as iPhone doesn’t have such hardware. Technology of wireless charging is developed by Intel for Intel based Ultrabooks and Intel based smartphones. Both Ultrabook and smartphone need to have charging receiver/transmiter integrated so I think that Apple users are out of luck here unless Apple develops similar technology and offer it in some of future revisions of their devices.

  2. Rob says:

    Ummm…. Someone needs to read the news. Apple were granted a patent to do just this over a year ago. Alan, I think you have to accept that in the above article the iPhone referred to would be a future iPhone. How about we ask all those nice manufacturers out there to adopt a standard so any connected device can charge any mobile device. Play nicely guys….

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