Sources recently have stated that Apple may be running tests on wireless charging capabilities for their upcoming smartwatch, the iWatch.
There have been a lot of rumors postulating the various charging methods that could be employed by the iWatch, including solar charging and gesture charging. Sources from the Apple supplier Luxshare have reported that Apple has submitted several wireless charging coils to the electronics company for certification. This allows for the iWatch to be charged from about a metre away without being attached to a cable or docking station, giving a good sense of freedom to the device.
The inclusion of wireless charging capability in the iWatch is a step forward in trying to address one of the major issues of wearable devices; battery life. There are suggestions that the current prototypes of the iWatch sport 100mAh batteries, with an up time of approximately 1 to 2 days. The results here are not promising as of yet since Apple is expecting the device to have a battery life of 4 to 5 days. Current competitors, most notably, the Samsung Galaxy Gear sport larger 300mAh batteries. Although the disparity between battery life is rather apparent, the presence of wireless charging reduces the hassle involved and makes the iWatch a more palatable option when it is expected to release within the third quarter this year.
The idea of wireless charging may not be original, given that the Moto 360 smartwatch is expected to roll out with a similar functionality this year as well. However, we do hope that this is a precedent to future wearables to incorporate this technology in the immediate future.