updated 10:58 am EDT, Thu May 29, 2014
Could simplify iWatch power issues
A Shenzhen-based Apple supplier, Luxshare, has sent wireless charging coils to Apple for certification, reports out of China say. If Apple approves them the coils will allegedly be used in the iWatch, which is expected to ship sometime in the second half of 2014, depending on how production progresses. The claims may back a report from December that said Apple wants to build wireless charging into the iWatch. That same rumor hinted that people might be able to keep a charging station as far as a meter away.
Wireless charging support is only now beginning to be more common in smartphones, some examples being the Nexus 5 and Nokia's Lumia series. Bringing the technology to smartwatches could make them more practical, since as wearables they're meant to be more seamless devices that don't need to be connected to a computer or AC adapter as often.
Past reports have suggested that Apple has been struggling with the battery life on the iWatch, hoping to get it from 1-2 days to 4-5. That longevity is beyond what most phones, tablets, and laptops are capable of, but a far cry from most regular watches, which can sometimes last years on a single-charge battery.