iPhone X Plus, 9, 11, XS or SE2 To Feature Wireless Charging, AirPower To Cost $150
Expected to come in the second half of this year are the 2018 iPhones and we’re all excited, because, you know, it’s from Apple which is one of the largest tech companies in the world. This time around, a new rumor has been reported which will surely make you more excited.
What is it? Well, apparently, it all said upcoming iPhone X Plus, 9, 11 or XS will come with wireless charging support thanks to the long-delayed AirPower mat which is also reported to cost around $150.
But Wait… How Many iPhones Are Coming?
From these past few months, there were so many reports involving leaks, rumors, and speculations regarding Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup. So many that people got confused with not only the number of phones but also the names. In fact, we are also expecting an iPhone SE2 (aka SE2) to come as well.
So how many are to come? Well, according to reports, at least three iPhones are set to come. One report claims that it will be named as iPhone 2018 (LCD 6.1 inches), XS (OLED 5.8 inches) and XS Plus (OLED 6.5 inches).
The AirPower Mat
This mat offers wireless charging was first announced on September 12, 2017, and is expected to ship in September 2018. It is compatible with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Apple Watch Series 3, AirPods and the 2018 iPhones.
According to a report, the Cupertino company is currently of “debugging” the mat and it’s expected to cost at around $150. Just last month, an update regarding the mat revealed that:
- The charging pillow has 22 coils built in.
- Its wireless charging master chip has been redefined/customized.
- Each coil is tiled and does not overlap each other.
- Each coil is very small, so small that the chip can be precisely controlled to each coil switch.
- Each coil can be wirelessly charged to the Apple Watch alone.
- Apple engineers are hoping it to be perfect enough and are currently debugging
- “once again lead the wireless charging development direction ” – not sure what this means. If you know, tell us in the comments section below.
The One Detail That Contradicts Previous Rumors
As you may already know, the LCD variant (6.1 inches) is reportedly going to feature a metal back, rather than a glass back compared to the OLED variants. Given that it will feature a metal back, the popular belief was that it won’t come with wireless charging support.
So does this mean that the rumor is false? Well, according to a Quora user named Dave Haynie who is an Electronics Engineer:
“A phone can absolutely be made of metal and have wireless charging… just not all metal, and ideally, not much metal around the wireless hardware. Metal reacts to magnetic fields and attenuates electrical fields.”
He gives a long explanation about wireless charging and how smartphones design trends have changed over the years. If you want to check it out, go ahead.
But basically, what he’s saying is that just because a phone is made of metal, that doesn’t mean it won’t be able to feature wireless charging. Although it can, it will damage the plastic bits, battery, electronics, etc. of the device because of the induced current produced which turns to heat. This is why smartphone-making companies prefer to use a glass back.
However, there are tech companies working on such technology. In fact, one of these companies is Qualcomm that is working on what the company calls WiPower which uses the resonant inductive coupling and will charge through a metal case without significant heating.
Are you excited for the upcoming iPhone X Plus, 9, 11, XS or SE2? Do you think the AirPower will come this September? And lastly, what can you say about Haynie’s explanation? Do you agree with it? We would like to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.