Apple becomes Wireless Power Consortium member

  • Vicky Yussuff, Market Analyst at IHS Technology

  • 13.02.2017 01:45 pm
  • undisclosed

The success of wireless charging adoption from Apple’s competitors is something that Apple can no longer ignore.  IHS Technology consumer survey data shows over 90% of consumers want wireless charging on their next device.

After several years of increasing rumour, Apple’s membership with the Wireless Power Consortium points strongly to the expectation that the next iPhone will include wireless charging technology.

The world market for wireless charging is expected to exceed 350 million enabled receiver units shipped in 2017. To date, this volume has largely been driven through the backing of wireless charging by Samsung.  However, many in the industry have been cautious to move forwards until they knew the direction for any wireless charging on iPhone devices.  Although shipments of wireless charging devices grew by 40% in 2016, the continued absence of the iPhone and the continued wait for the launch of magnetically resonant devices meant shipments were lower than expected for 2016 overall.

With just over 2 weeks to go now until Mobile World Congress, excitement continuing to mount in the industry and IHS Markit expects that at least one other major mobile phone handset OEM will also announce a new smartphone device with wireless charging technology integrated at the Barcelona show.

With these announcements, new partnerships and a reigniting of the industry interest in wireless power, the prospect of receiver shipments hitting 2 billion units in 2025 are stronger than ever.

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