iPhone 5 Could Be First iPhone with Wireless Charging

March 5, 2012

Here at iPhone5latest.com, we’ve been hearing a lot of intriguing rumors about the new iPhone 5. We’ve heard recently that the iPhone 5 will have Gorilla Glass and a brand new dock connector. And of course, those 4G LTE rumors have been going around for many months. Now we’re hearing something else that will separate the iPhone 5 from its older iPhone brothers: the presence of wireless charging capabilities. Yes, that’s right: the iPhone 5 may just come with a wireless charging feature.

Apple May Use Wireless Charging Technology in iPhone 5

The idea of the iPhone 5 using wireless charging technology is actually not a new one, as news sites were reporting it as far back as last fall when the world was waiting for Apple to release the next iPhone (which was ultimately dubbed the iPhone 4S and not iPhone 5 as many expected). News site IBTimes.com is the latest to report that the iPhone 5 is likely to be enabled for wireless charging.

According to IBTimes, “One of the best features that iPhone enthusiasts can expect in the iPhone 5 is the inductive wireless charging technology for the device.” While IBTimes didn’t cite a source for this tidbit, it still seems pretty likely that Apple will give the iPhone 5 wireless charging as Apple knows the demand for it and has been steadily moving away from the reliance on cables.

What the iPhone 5 Wireless Charging Technology Could Look Like

It’s too early to tell what the wireless charging technology could look like, as there are so many different ways that Apple could implement it in the iPhone 5. However, it’s possible that Apple may go the Powermat route with a built-in charging receiver and a mat that is either purchased or included with the iPhone 5. This mat would be plugged into a wall connector.

 iPhone 5

As you can see from the image above of the Powermat, essentially the iPhone wears a case that is connected to the dock connector. When the case is placed on the mat (which is plugged into an outlet), the phone is able to charge through the case. It’s presumed that Apple won’t force iPhone 5 users to wear a clunky case (like Powermat users have to), but rather that this charging ability will be built in and will work even if third party cases are applied.

The big question is, will Apple charge extra for the charging mat? It’s possible that Apple may include the wireless charging capability with the iPhone 5 by default, but force users to either stick with the traditional charging cable method or pony up extra for the mat to fully take advantage of wireless charging. However, given Apple’s tendency to want to please people, they might just include all of the wireless charging accessories with the phone.

Why It’s Useful For You

We’ve all been there: we go to charge our iPhone 4S or iPhone 4, only to discover our cable has gone bad. Maybe it’s been chewed up by an animal or has just died after a long life. Regardless, it’s an inconvenience. And replacing a data sync cable can actually be pretty expensive, with Apple charging over $20USD for an official charging cable.

With a wireless charging iPhone 5, users would not have to worry about replacing the cable. They wouldn’t have to rush out to the store for a replacement and fork over $20—all they’d have to do is stick it on the charging mat to charge the device. Simple.

Another nice thing about a wireless charging iPhone 5 is the fact that it would reduce clutter and may even help the environment, as it’s one less cable to dispose of after it’s no longer useful.

What Do You Think?

Does an iPhone 5 with wireless charging capabilities interest you? What other iPhone 5 features would you like to see? Leave us a comment below and let you thoughts be heard.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrick March 6, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Since when have you ever had a cable to charge your phone go bad??? I have had iphone for years and ipod as well and not once has my charging cable ever gone bad.

I don't think apple will go this way, a charging cord is much more convenient when travelling and for storage purposes than having to lug around a charging mat.

I don't think wireless charging is reached its full potential as of yet.


TimBob March 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Everything breaks eventually. If cables go bad, isn't it likely that a charging mat will eventually break down and requiring replacing? Moreover, all of these products are made of materials that should be/could be recycled. It's unlikely that there will be any positive evironmental impact by fewer cables — unless Apple or another business makes it easy to recycle the old cables. GFL.


Matthew ads March 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

Theres still a wire. Don't like it


guest March 7, 2012 at 2:58 am

..what about the cable that connects the mat to the outlet…


Ethan March 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I would not like having to use a specific case on my iPhone just so it can be charged. Nothing is wrong with using a cord. It's simple and portable. Keep it that way.


JohnM March 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

The idea of wireless charging is cool however, I do more charging during the day away from home than I do at home. And while at home if I need to charge while I’m using the phone that cumbersome cord sure comes in handy. How about putting the receiver for the charger where it’s not in the way of your hand or your waistline? That’s whhmine breaks or goes bad all the time.


Curtis March 10, 2012 at 1:20 am

keep the regular charging,tho if apple thinks that they need wireless technology, then add the chip and then sell the mat for $50. Do the same for the other devices also,might as well.


Jordan March 11, 2012 at 2:11 am

Wireless Charging is great! i use my Mophie juice pack case on a daily basis and could not spend a day at the office without it. If Apple wants to go the wireless charging route…a battery pack case like the Mophie is the way to go!


Von March 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I don't need a wireless charger,what I want is you must improve the battery since it consume a lot of charge specially when browsing


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