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Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

Lucas Mearian | Feb. 1, 2016
IHS sees the company eventually moving to loosely-coupled charging.

At least one handset manufacturer partnership with an uncoupled charging technology company is expected announce this year, Green added. But commercial availability by September 2017 would be the earliest expected commercial launch.

In a poll conducted earlier this month by IHS, 90% of respondents indicated they would choose wireless charging technology on their next handset.

In December, market research firm Technavio predicted the global wireless charging market would have a combined annual grow rate of more than 33% by 2020.

"The integration of wireless charging for smartphones in automobiles will drive market growth," Technavio stated in its report.

As Apple's in-vehicle infotainmment API, CarPlay, continues to gain adoption among major automakers -- allowing iPhone apps and functions to be mirrored to a radio head unit -- allowing the handset to charge at the same time only make sense.

Last August, Juniper Research released a study that found wireless charging adoption for mobile devices will increase rapidly in the coming years, with nearly 40% of households in the U.S. and over 20% in Europe using wireless charging by 2020.

"It remains to be seen which option Apple could be looking at for the iPhone, regardless of whether they will go for industry-standard certified or a proprietary solution," Green said.

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