It’s becoming increasingly likely that new iPhones will charge wirelessly — perhaps as soon as this year.
Apple confirmed on Monday that it has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, “to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards.”
Technology analysts have suggested that Apple may still be looking to release such a technology, but that it joined the group because it had given up on waiting for it to become available.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Apple will so act. It’s also possible that Apple could reserve wireless charging, as it does now, for select products such as the Apple Watch. However, were the company to bring Qi to the iPhone, it would have a broad range of implications.