The Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics giant and Korean electronics mogul Samsung is planning to launch their “flagship devices” with wireless charging support, according to a report in Taipei-based DigiTimes magazine. Citing industry sources in Taiwan, the website said Samsung will use Qi inductive charging run by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) whilst Apple will adopt their own version of wireless charging into iPhone and iPad in 2013.
It is unclear whether Apple will develop built-in wireless charging capability or will come with attached accessories. The report, however, clarified that the upcoming Galaxy S IV may not come with embedded wireless charging capability.
Other handset manufacturers such as HTC, Nokia, Motorola, Sony and LG are already members of the Wireless Power Consortium.
Past guesstimates have linked Apple to wireless charging, but Apple’s Phil Schiller rejected that plausibility in late 2012. Even AllThingsD published a report on Apple wireless charging systems and here is an excerpt:
As for wireless charging, Schiller notes that the wireless charging systems still have to be plugged into the wall, so it’s not clear how much convenience they add. The widely-adopted USB cord, meanwhile, can charge in wall outlets, computers and even on airplanes, he said.
[UPDATE]: Interestingly, 9to5Mac has rejected the report and said – “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 include the technology during this product cycle.