Wireless charging, once a must-have feature for a smartphone, has fallen out of style largely due to slow charging times and competing wireless charging standards. LG Innotek, a division within LG Corp. that develops cutting-edge tech components, has created a wireless charging technology for phones it claims is as fast as charging with a wired cable. SEE ALSO: LG G5's best feature isn't its modular design, but its second back camera The 15-watt transmission module for wireless chargers can charge up a smartphone from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes. In comparison, it can take hours for many existing smartphones with wireless charging support to do the same. LG says its new wireless charging tech charges phones three times faster than most wireless chargers on the market today that use a 5-watt transmission module.
Besides a new edge-to-edge 5-inch OLED display, removing the iconic home button and a stainless steel and glass design, one of the longstanding iPhone 8 rumors has been wireless charging. But while recent rumors claim wireless charging is almost certainly a feature that the iPhone 8 will get, Apple's joining of the Wireless Power Consortium on Sunday suggests true long distance wireless charging might no longer be in the cards. As a member of the WPC, Apple now joins more than 220 companies in helping create and promote the Qi wireless charging standard. Founded in 2008, the Qi standard has become the more popular of two competing wireless charging technologies -- the other being the AirFuel Alliance (the merged company between the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance). Today, you can find find Qi wireless charging technology in many modern smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, and the inductive mats/pads built into furniture like these from IKEA.
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Apple is believed to be adding wireless charging to the iPhone 8 this year. However, there have been conflicting reports on how exactly the tech giant is planning on implementing this feature. Some rumors have pointed to inductive technology, while others have stated that Apple is planning on a long-range charging solution. Inductive technology is probably the most common form of wireless charging for smartphones and it requires a charging pad that usually resembles a hockey puck. Earlier this month, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a large group of companies that invest in and help develop Qi inductive wireless charging standard.
Rumors have emerged that the next iPhone will have wireless charging technology, making it the first completely wireless iPhone. Steve Rizzone, CEO of California start-up firm Energous, fueled the rumors in an interview with The Verge where he said they've signed a'key strategic partnership' with'one of the largest consumer electronic companies in the world.' The technology could work over distances up to 15 feet (4.5 metres) and is expected to be released toward the latter half of 2017, which would tie in with the expected release of three anticipated new models of iPhone. Energous's WattUp technology could allow people to charge all of their devices wirelessly with software control that can enable you to prioritize which devices should be charged more quickly California start-up firm Energous is thought to be working on a mid-range wireless charging transmitter which could work over distances up to 15 feet (4.5 metres). The'WattUp' platform, which uses small antennas to transfer energy over fairly long distances.