updated 07:50 am EDT, Thu July 7, 2011
iPhone 6 charging plans teased in updated rumor
An update to an earlier iPhone 5 leak has given what could be even more ambitious plans for the sixth-generation model. Experiments for the 2012 version of the phone would have it use a "new way" to charge the phone. The WSJ source didn't say what it would entail, but it would most likely be inductive, wireless charging akin to HP's webOS devices.
The method usually needs a new back design that can draw a charge directly through the device but which eliminates the need for cables and only requires an inductive dock or charging mat. Apple could use the Qi wireless power standard and let users run on third-party chargers. It's unknown whether Apple would go HP's route and have an Exhibition-like mode that invokes special apps when on a dock.
Also in the discussion was insistence that development of a cheaper iPhone was underway. Few details surfaced other than that it might have an edge-to-edge screen.
The statements about the extent of the new designs imply that the nearer iPhone design will be more akin to the iPhone 4. As a "thinner and lighter" design, though, it wouldn't just be a repeat of the 2010 model. Most expect it to have a dual-core A5 processor and an eight-megapixel rear camera.