Apple’s announcement of integrating wireless charging in the new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X seems to have become lost amongst the other upgrades like a flashy edge-to-edge screen and animojis.
It’s a turning point for Apple but technically, wireless charging has been adopted on smartphones for about five years already. Yet, what Apple has been known to do for the past decade with their products is to reshape our culture on a grand scale.
Apple’s big competitors Samsung, have had wireless charging present on the Galaxy models since 2014 but there has not been a significant impact.
Perhaps this may be due for the need to purchase wireless charging mat? Or maybe the fact that you actually can’t use your phone whilst charging wireless? But yes, it needs to sit on the mat.
There have been trials to install wireless charging pads such as that of Starbucks in 2014, but wireless charging hasn’t shown any or little presence in our shopping centres and restaurants today.
For now, wireless charging’s impact may be minimal but we’ll truly see how it goes once people begin to purchase the new iPhones 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X.