Apple’s next-gen iPhone to pack revolutionary wireless over-the-air charging at a distance?

Energous Corporation (WATT), the developer of WattUp, a revolutionary wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance, on Wednesday announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, and provided an update on its operational progress.

In a press release, the company stated:

• Energous expects the first orders for significant quantities of its chipsets from one or more customers before the end of the second quarter; shipped and in production in the third quarter; and available for purchase from the company’s customers toward the end of the third quarter/early fourth quarter.

• In testing phase for regulatory certification of the first power-at-a-distance wire-free transmitter; anticipates formal certification well before the forecasted release of Energous’ Mid Field transmitter by the end of 2017.

• Successfully completed key milestone projects with the company’s strategic partners.

“Energous is making substantial headway toward the successful commercialization of power at a distance. The number of customers in the final stages of WattUp integration is growing rapidly, and consumer availability of these products is expected later this year,” said Stephen R. Rizzone, president and CEO. “Demand for our technology is very high, progress with strategic partners continues to advance, and we are moving quickly to complete formal testing of our Mid Field power-at-a-distance transmitter to secure regulatory certification. With commercialization in the near future, we firmly believe that we are well on our way to creating a meaningful wireless charging ecosystem that will disrupt the market.”

Source: Energous Corporation

MacDailyNews Take: Things that make you go hmm

Truly wireless charging solves many issues, from keeping your iPhone topped off to Apple Watch sleep tracking to, potentially, vastly improved electric vehicle functionality. It’s Holy Grail territory.

Hopefully, Apple’s recent joining of the Wireless Power Consortium doesn’t mean that the next-gen iPhone(s) will merely offer Qi “wireless” charging (which, of course, requires wires) instead of delivering true, groundbreaking wirelsss charging, as in Energous.

Right now, the Apple Watch’s charging system is nice because it’s less fiddly, and especially useful in the dark, but it’s still essentially a wired charging system in practice. If Apple offers Q1-type charging, it’ll be fine, but will not be a big selling point – unless it offers considerably faster charging than today.MacDailyNews, April 27, 2017

Apple patent application focuses on truly wireless charging via Wi-Fi – April 27, 2017
Apple has at least five different groups working on wireless charging technology – February 23, 2017
Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium – February 13, 2017
Apple’s ‘iPhone X’ to feature wireless charging and iris scanning technology, sources say – February 10, 2017
KGI’s Ming Chi Kuo predicts wireless charging for all three new iPhones – February 9, 2017
More evidence suggests Apple tie-up with true wireless charging firm Energous – December 21, 2016
Apple supplier Dialog partners with wireless charging company Energous – December 15, 2016
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s next-gen iPhone to feature all-glass case for wireless charging – November 23, 2016
Two major ‘iPhone 8’ leaks reveal groundbreaking new features – November 23, 2016
Evidence suggests Apple is working on the biggest mobile game-changer since the original iPhone – November 8, 2016
Apple and a truly wireless future: AirPods are just the start – September 10, 2016
Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles, sources say – May 25, 2016
Apple possibly working with Energous on extended range wireless charging for future iPhones – February 5, 2016
Apple developing cutting-edge long-range wirelessly-charged iPhones and iPads – January 29, 2016
iPhone 7 and the potential for wireless charging – January 19, 2016
Apple will drop headphone jack to make the iPhone 7 super slim, source confirms; wireless charging and waterproof, too – January 7, 2016
Apple looks to patent inductive charging system that could power an Apple Pencil or even a future kitchen appliance – January 7, 2016
Apple files 5th wireless inductive charging patent application since Late September – November 5, 2015
Apple patent application reveals iPhone inductive charging sans extra hardware – October 8, 2015
Patent application reveals Apple working on wireless charging systems focused on rapid power delivery – August 27, 2015
Apple invents inductive charging interfaces for mobile devices – April 2, 2015
Apple ‘iPhone 7’ models likely to offer wireless charging – April 2, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jaribbs” for the heads up.]


  1. “Charging at a distance”, as Nikola Tesla demonstrated, is a problem. Here’s why:

    1) The Inverse-square law: A specified physical quantity or intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source of that physical quantity.

    2) EM Radiation can damage or kill we mere humans. The damage depends up on the frequency of the electromagnetic waves and their quantity/density over time. There are also some nifty resonance situations of concern, such as the ability of microwaves to boil water, including the water that makes up most of our body matter.

    What electromagnetic waves are dangerous for humans?

    [Delivery from mis-education:
    The term ‘visible light’ is a redundancy. All actual ‘light’ is visible. “Light’ only refers to EM radiation visible to the human eye. ‘Light’ never refers to any other part of the EM spectrum. If you were taught otherwise, get out your squirt gun and wet down the perpetrator of your ignorance.]

    1. Not sure about #2, above, but regarding #1, this company has technology that directs the energy toward a specific point in space. Thus it is not radiating in all directions, but in one or more specific directions.

      1. Derek is correct. While engineers can attempt to focus the energy, that actually decreases the likelihood of commercial introduction.

        The average consumer isn’t going to set up a system to only charge in one specific spot in space, nor are they going to pay for a fancy automated system that beams energy exactly to some point in space and stay out of the direct energy beam between the source and the target. When you, your child, or your little pussy cat gets fried (or more likely, premature cancer) by walking in front of your Tesla Coil, the lawyers will have a field day.

        EMI is a huge and growing problem. A more wireless future will only compound the issues. I would rather have a superior OS and better battery life from reliable durable hardware than wireless connections.

  2. What would happen to Apple this Fall if Samsung included fingerprint sensors embedded into their smartphone screens with wireless charging at a distance capabilities, and Apple included fingerprint sensors on the back of their devices with matt charging?

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