“Energous, the company long rumored to be working with Apple on long-range wireless charging for the iPhone, has taken on an important partner that might open doors for it in the future,” Mark Sullivan reports for Fast Company.
“Last month Energous took a $10 million investment from the power management chip maker Dialog Semiconductor, which makes the bulk of its revenue supplying,” Sullivan reports. “One source told me that as much as three quarters of Dialog’s business is with Apple.”
“People have long speculated that Energous is working with Apple on putting its WattUp RF charging tech inside the iPhone. It stems from Energous’s statement that it signed a development and licensing agreement in February 2015 with ‘one of the top consumer electronic companies in the world’ to integrate the WattUp technology into the partner’s “consumer devices,” Sullivan reports. “If Energous were trying to get into a position to supply technology to Apple, it couldn’t have made a better move than tucking itself under Dialog’s wing.”
“On its own, Energous is probably too small to be an Apple supplier. Apple suppliers have to be large enough to reliably supply parts at Apple’s huge scale,” Sullivan reports. “Dialog obviously already has that capacity. With the Energous technology basically being folded into the Dialog structure, all of a sudden Energous has it too.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.
Right now, the Apple Watch’s wireless charging is nice because it’s less fiddly, and especially useful in the dark, but it’s still essentially a corded charging system in practice.
Energous’ solutions are real wireless charging and would be a huge game-changer if it came to iPhone (and possibly iPad and Apple Watch, too)!
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