iPhone 6 To Become First Mobile To Charge Wirelessly?

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 08/18/2014 | 09:15 AM EDT

Reports indicate Apple filed a 'wireless power' patent in 2012, man leaks image of prototype

If rumors prove to be true, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6 may be the first mobile device to be able to charge wirelessly.


A recent leaked image of a prototype obtained by TMZ indicates that the new device will feature a port on the face of the phone beside the camera. The photograph of the alleged device was from a man who claimed to have smuggled it from a factory in China, where he worked.

While tech bloggers find the image to be dubious, reports indicate that Apple filed a patent in 2012 for “Wireless Power Utilization in a Local Computing Environment,” which TMZ says is essentially a central hub able to power a device without wires. Tech experts confirmed with the news organization that the mysterious port could be a sensor for wireless charging capabilities.

Earlier this summer, it was reported that Apple would start production of larger iPhones in July, however, the usually secretive tech company has yet to confirm any details. Still, reports strongly indicate that it intends on releasing a new phone in the fall just in time for the new quarter.


While consumers will have to wait a little longer to find out whether such news is accurate or not, wouldn’t it be pretty cool to be able to charge your phone without those pesky wires and outlets?

(Photo: Courtesy APPLE)

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