Originally Posted by paxman
The charging pad may not need to be all that clunky. Back in the day when I wore a watch I never took it off but a lot of people do / did remove their's at night and so to place it on a charging pad on the night table would not be a big deal. For the people for whom an important function of an iWatch is to measure sleep patterns a night table charging pad would not be ideal, however.
Is NFMR an existing technology?
I don't think of wireless charging in terms of a single device. I think about its potential to eliminate charging cables and docks for various devices, where having multiple charging pads or one gigantic one is just silly. Even when discussing a single device like a phone I don't see a tangible benefit in a charging pad that takes up more space than the phone itself and which essentially requires contact between them. It's technology for its own sake without solving any real problems.
NFMR is not sci-fi; the physics behind the technology are proven. I'm not aware of any commercially available products yet but Apple has several patents on it. I think a wearable product begs for this type of solution and its introduction would be the perfect time to add it across Apple's entire product line.
Just imagine the shockwave from Apple's transition of Macs, MacBooks, keyboards, mice, trackpads, iPhones, iPads, and iPods to real (invisible) wireless charging. The entire mobile and PC industry would seem instantly outdated. Meanwhile, it would take competitors months to implement similar solutions within their own product lines, and those solutions would not work across brands due to lack of a standard. Meanwhile, drafting and ratifying a wireless charging standard would take years.
Edited by freediverx - 8/28/14 at 10:46am