Apple is hard at work on the creation of wireless charging technology for its mobile devices, according to a new report.
Sources told Bloomberg the technology, which is being developed with partners in the U.S. and Asia, could be ready by 2017.
People “familiar” with the plans said the Cupertino company is looking into a new type of technology that would enable users to charge their iPhones and iPads away from a charging mat.
Samsung and Google have both come up with wirelessly-charged Smartphones, but, of course, they need to be close to a charging plate because, the further away the device is, the more difficult it is for the battery to be recharged. It will be interesting to see what Apple can come up with to combat that issue.
If Apple is able to solve this problem, it will certainly give the company a leg up on its competitors and make iPhones and iPads more attractive in a mobile market that is slowing.
Apple, which posted its quarterly results this week, said its iPhone sales, while strong thus far, remain flat while iPad sales have dipped.
The company predicted it will see a decline in sales in the coming quarter for the first time in 13 years due to a market saturated by mobile devices.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller declined to comment on the rumors when contacted by Bloomberg.