Wireless charging

Can Apple drive wireless power to the masses?

Pike Research, in a new report, forecasts the wireless market to triple in size from $4.9 billion in 2012 to $15.1 billion in 2020. And that’s not considering the impact of Apple, which just received a patent for an inductive charging dock late last month.

Oh, no: not another wireless-charging group!

Wireless charging sounds great: Drop your gadget on a little mat, which itself is plugged into an outlet, and your phone or MP3 player sits there and charges away. But the industry can’t agree on standards, and on Monday a new wireless charging group was formed.

Will Apple dump the iPhone’s aging 30-pin connector?

The 30-pin dock connector featured on every iPhone and iPad ever sold by Apple, as well as a huge number of iPods, may be headed for history’s dustbin. Apple is reportedly considering a move to a smaller connector on the next iPhone.

Finally, Wireless Phone Charging Gets Easier

Thanks to the new Qi standard from the Wireless Power Consortium, it’s easier to charge mobile devices simply by laying them on a pad. But who wants a wireless charging case for each different device? Energizer’s new universal adapter should solve that problem.

Wireless Phone Charging — Worth $50

Wireless charging — the ability to toss your cell phone on your table and have it charge without a plug — has for years failed to reach its disruptive potential. But consumers are willing to pay a high price, around $50, for the perk, according to a new report.

70x Surge in Wireless Charging Seen by 2014

Global shipments of devices capable of wireless charging will jump nearly 70 times by 2014 from the 3.5 million units expected to sell this year, according to the latest forecast from iSuppli. What will drive this change?


Wireless Power: Beyond Charging Mats and Solar Panels

After years of hope (and no little amount of hype), wireless power is finally getting into consumer hands. However, the technology that is showing up on trade show floors and store shelves is a far cry from the truly disruptive promise of wireless power.

As we cram more computing power into our mobile phones and use them to deliver the web, take photos and shoot video (as well as talk), a key limitation has become the battery. Anyone who has experienced a three-hour battery life after surfing on a Wi-Fi network knows first-hand that battery life can impede the enjoyment of a full-featured mobile device.

And that problem is the one that wireless power will one day solve.