This year, the new iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone XR feature wireless charging. What’s missing is an official Apple wireless charger. The much anticipated and much delayed AirPower might be DBA. Dead before arrival. So what? Wireless charging still is not a thing.
Not Really Wireless
We members of the Mac360 clan have a time honored survey method which incorporates a quick question or two to friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors about anything and all things Apple. I asked around, and my unofficial response indicates that of a few dozen of the aforementioned survey respondents, only two have wireless chargers for the smartphones; one iPhone X and one Samsung-whatever.
Wireless charging is not a thing. Yet. Besides, it isn’t really wireless. You still have to place your iPhone onto a pad or Qi compatible charging station which isn’t much different than just plugging it in. Apple’s entry into so-called wireless charging came with Watch. Plunk the Watch down on the circular pad, wait for the beep buzz, wait for the recharge. No plug required.
You can do much the same thing with the iPhone X models if you have a Q1 compatible wireless charging device, but, as noted, it’s not really wireless. The device still needs to be plugged in, and you still need to connect your device to the pad.
Instead of wireless charging, let’s call it what it really is. Inductive charging. While it may seem convenient to place a device on a charging pad, there are drawbacks galore. The whole process to recharge a device is slower than conventional charging; far less efficient, far more heat is involved, too. The transfer of power is not nearly as efficient as plugging in an iPhone to a Lightning cable and a charger.
Wireless charging just isn’t a thing. Yet. When will it be? Not for awhile. Why not? It’s yet another gadget we have to buy and maintain simply to advance the status quo a few notches on the technology tower. Early adopters love this kind of gadgetry. The rest of us deal with cables (less expensive, more ubiquitous) and recharge gadgets the old fashioned way.
Some day in the future we may have a truly wireless charging revolution whereby simply walking into a room will keep a device charged (hopefully without burning a hold in a pocket or bag). For now, my unofficial but probably highly accurate survey says what too many technologies are afraid to say. Wireless charging still is not a thing.