A number of reputable technology analysts have recently suggested that the next generation iPhone will not include a power adapter in the box. While many are lamenting that this is a cost-saving measure on Apple’s part (excluding the adapter not only lowers manufacturing costs but also reduces packaging size and weight), the lack of a power adapter presents a significant opportunity for wireless charging to become the new norm for powering up iPhone devices.
Wireless charging is not new to the iPhone—Qi-compatibility has been there since the iPhone 8—but many users are simply used to charging their iPhone using the included cable and adapter. Apple’s decision to remove the power adapter from the box could also be an indication that the company is ready to embrace wireless charging as a viable alternative to traditional cables and has the potential to generate the critical mass needed to propel wireless charging forward as a true mainstream technology.
Apple’s wireless charging uses the Qi standard and iPhones can receive up to 7.5 W of power from a Qi-certified wireless charger. Wireless charging offers the convenience of being able to simply place the phone on a charging pad to begin charging, instead of needing to locate a charging cable and physically plug in the phone. Furthermore, innovative charging products such as Moshi’s Lounge Q or SnapTo series allow the phone to be placed in an optimum viewing position for notifications, navigation, or watching videos while simultaneously wirelessly charging.
We are already seeing wireless charging facilities being provided in vehicles as well as public areas such as coffee shops, hotels, malls, and on public transport; a trend which is certain to gain momentum as more and more iPhone users adopt wireless charging as their primary charging method. This would also effectively negate the need to carry charging hardware when leaving the house or keep additional sets of charging equipment at the office or in the car, representing not only a cost saving for most users but also reducing the amount of e-waste which will inevitably end up being discarded.
There is no doubt that Apple’s potential removal of the power adapter from the iPhone box offers exciting opportunities for users to explore the benefits of wireless charging as well as provide cost savings and environmental benefits well into the future, as well as enhance the popularity of this exciting technology. If you’re thinking of joining the wireless charging revolution when you upgrade to the new iPhone later this year, check out Moshi’s range of Qi-certified wireless chargers including the Scandinavian-inspired Q collection.