On top of all this, Bloomberg reported in January that Apple was working on a new wireless charging technology that may see the light of day as soon as 2017. We're not expecting a wireless charging iPhone until at least late next year.
The report claimed Apple was working with partners in the United States and Asia on the charging standard that would allow devices to charge without having to be connected to, or touching, the charging device.
Apple may be working with Energous on a wireless charging project according to regulatory filings discovered by VentureBeat.
An analyst at Disruptive Tech Research (DTR) followed up by providing clues that Apple was working with Nasdaq-listed Energous to employ its WattUp technology for that very objective.
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The good news is that indeed seems to be the plan at Apple. Though, Apple has not confirmed the reports yet, Energous in a statement to EE Times claimed that it had developed an agreement with "one of the top five consumers electronics companies". Energous is a public company in the USA listed at NASDAQ. This means the device does not even need to be near a charging station to charge.
Energous first mentioned its relationship with Apple in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing where it revealed it's done compliance testing with Apple. The company's transmitter broadcasts proprietary waveforms directly to receivers and then surrounds those receivers with a radio frequency "pocket" that charges devices.
Additionally, various patent filings over the years have detailed wireless charging implementations capable of transferring power up to a distance of three or so feet. Through a mobile app, users will be able to specify when an Energous transmitter charges devices and how much power each device should get.
Apple and Energous representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.