Wireless charging is a joke, but it doesn’t have to be. Have you seen those commercials for Samsung’s wireless charger? The claim is that you don’t have to deal with a cable mess. But you still do. The cable still runs from the wall to the charging pad. And you have to stick the phone directly on the charging pad. So is the experience any better than just plugging the phone in? Slightly. Very slightly. Lots of cool 21st century tech to go from “plug” to “place.”
Some are critical of Apple for not having wireless charging for the iPhone yet. But if that is the current state of the technology, I’m glad Apple didn’t waste its time.
Apple does have one wirelessly-charged device: the Apple Watch. But I get the feeling that the idea is more about designing the watch without a port than wireless charging. After all, the Watch magnetically clicks to the charger making it the same as plugging it in. In fact, Apple’s own marketing materials don’t even refer to this as wireless charging.
My nightstand is a maze of wires. There are three white cords hopelessly entangled to charge my iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. It seems that in 2016 things ought to be better.
What I’m hoping is that Apple comes out with wireless charging with the iPhone 7 and that it has two key features. First, it should require exact placement. Devices should just need to sit on a large pad or near a small transmitter.
Second, eventually all Apple devices should charge from it: iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and even MacBooks. One pad or transmitter can handle many devices.
In fact, Apple should lead an open standard for charging. So other companies can build devices that also use the same charging stations. Apple does this with other software and hardware, so why not charging. Apple’s current cables are proprietary (lightning) but the chargers themselves are standard USB that can be used with other devices. So it would make sense to continue that way.