“Up until last year, wireless charging didn’t work on phones with metal casings, specifically for our purposes—the iPhone. But technologies, like times, change,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “So, could Apple bring wireless charging to the iPhone 7?”

“Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, spoke about wireless charging in 2012, telling All Things D: ‘[Wireless] charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add… Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,'” Ritchie writes. “Schiller said much the same about near field communications (NFC) at the time. Then, in September of 2014, Apple showed off NFC in the iPhones 6. It wasn’t NFC for NFC’s sake, though. It was introduced specifically to enable contactless transactions through Apple Pay.”

“At the same even the company also showed off wireless charging, though not for the iPhone — it was introduced for the Apple Watch,” Ritchie writes. “Unofficially, Apple has begun increasing the water resistance of the iPhones 6s already, even with a Lightning port. Rumor has it, though, that the company may take it to the next level in the future.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Dan K.,” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]