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iPhone 5S ‘unlikely’ to have wireless charging

Updated 10 years ago
iPhone 5S Wireless Charging

Anyone who wants their next iPhone to have wireless charging capabilities may be out of luck. 9to5Mac on Friday shot down a Digitimes report claiming that Apple (AAPL) is looking to bring wireless charging to its next-generation iPhone 5S. The reason that this rumor is unlikely, 9to5Mac says, is that “we’ve been hearing 2013 is an ‘S’ year for the iPhone which implies minor design changes” and “the design changes to the aluminum shell to make wireless charging possible would need to be significant,” thus making it unlikely that Apple would pursue them during this particular product cycle. Needless to say, if Samsung’s (005930) upcoming Galaxy S IV has wireless charging and the iPhone 5S does not, we expect them to make fun of Apple yet again for allegedly being behind the times.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.