Future MacBook Air to wirelessly charge iPhones and iPads

“A recent report claims a new wireless charging feature for our iPads and iPhones may be available in ultrabooks – including Apple’s MacBook Air – by 2013,” Alicia Jones reports for Macworld Australia.

“Intel is currently developing a technology for Intel processor-based ultrabooks and smartphones that could enable you to charge devices like the iPhone wirelessly,” Jones reports. “It is set for launch in the later half of 2013, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.”

Jones reports, “Apple’s MacBooks are often the first to receive Intel’s latest software so don’t be surprised if this features in the 2013 MacBook Air.”

Read more in the full article here.

16 Comments

  1. Now that Intel has made a $400M push to attempt to duplicate the MBA via thin PC laptops running Windows, don’t be surprised if Intel starts promoting new functionality on Windows “ultrabooks” first, before the MBA.

  2. Pointless feature. It takes approximately 10 hours to charge the iPad 3 from 10% to full via a cable from a wall charger. How much longer do you think induction charging will take. How difficult is it to carry a connector cable with you that plugs into a USB port or hub if you’re lacking direct ports to the MBA.

  3. I wouldn’t want this is my laptop (would have to be a hell of a drain on the battery),but it would be lovely to have in the house! Come home, and no need to remember to plug anything in: it just charges while you’re home!

  4. It makes more sense for this to be a feature of mains operated devices like the iMac or a plugged in MacBook. When the battery capacity of an iPad is a significant proportion of the capacity of a MacBook battery, there is little to be gained from charging one battery from another. There might be more point in topping up an iPhone from a MacBook in battery mode, but a MacBook battery holds roughly twice the charge of an iPad battery, so if you charge up your iPad, you pretty well drain your MacBook battery.

    It’s probably worth having the ability for emergency use, but it would be a feature that would normally be used when powered from the mains.

  5. Wireless charging technology that Intel is developing is for Intel based Ultrabooks (which MBA technicaly is) and Intel based smartphones so I think that Apple users will be out of luck here as iPhones is not powered by Intel CPU.

      1. This seriously is the most incoherent article I’ve seen come out of Alicia Jones. It’s got to be ‘The August Effect’, iPhoned in from the beach while high on vodka martinis. Oh well. See you next month.

  6. I like to think of this as a hybrid solution. Sure, it may take 12 hours to charge from scratch this way, but if it’s charging this way the whole time it’s being used, it could potentially double the battery life, all without a cord.

  7. I’m ULTRA confused by this article.

    1. ” Intel is said to be planning to integrate the transmitter and receiver together to lower the cost of production.” – surely transmitter and receiver and in different devices? Or does she mean each device will have the capability to transmit or receive power.
    2. “Intel’s data shows the feature will use lower power consumption. The technology does not require the phone to be in a specific position.” – how can it be lower energy consumption if Omni-directional (I.e. doesn’t need the phone to be in a particular position), as radiating the power out will surely suffer the same signal degradation as any other Omni-directional transmission!
    3. If this on Intel technology, and the iPhone doesn’t contain intel technology, then how can it work? Or is it being implied that the next iPhone will be powered by intel?
    4. Charging one mobile device from another mobile device makes no sense. A wireless charging hub, which charges all mobile devices is more logical but then standards already exist for it. What is intel adding to the party? If the power transfer is done in a way that data is also transmitted, i.e., you can synch and charge your phone wirelessly, then it may be interesting.

  8. This article is perfectly clear. Someone is doing something that will or will not benefit someone in some way reported by some reporter who has the reasonable expectation that they are doing something that someone will read (or not).

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