Evan Blass spots reference to Apple in Energous public filing.
The iPhone 7 is not supporting wireless charging. Samsung is offering wireless charging in the last two generations of the Galaxy smartphone line. Apple is offering wireless charging on the Apple Watch, but stays away from it in the iPhone.
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This does not mean that Apple is not working on wireless charging. Apparently Apple wants to leap to the next generation of wireless charging. Wireless charging over distance might be the goal. Evan Blass over at VentureBeat spotted a reference to Apple in public filings of wireless charging startup Energous.
The company develops WattsUp, a wireless charging solution that works over a distance. From the Energous website:
"Energous Corporation has developed WattUp, a groundbreaking RF-based charging technology that will fundamentally change the way you think about charging your portable electronic devices. The WattUp wire-free charging system delivers energy over the air in your home, office, car or practically any other space you can imagine via a contained energy pocket. Mobile, wire-free power management means freedom from cords or stationary charging pads, and the potential freedom from worrying about running out of battery life altogether."
The problem with transmitting power over a distance is efficiency. A lot of energy is lost on the way. A solution that is efficient is a hard problem to solve.
Even if there is a reference to Apple in the public filings it does not mean that Energous technology will be used in an upcoming iPhone. Evan Blass spotted a reference to Apple compliance testing in the list of industry certifications published in Energous filings with the SEC.
The Energous stock (NASDAQ: WATT) has already spiked because of the potential Apple partnership by 3% as of the time of writing.