Apple working with Broadcom for wireless charging solution, says JPMorgan analyst


Apple iPhones are likely to have a wireless charging system, as we’ve reported in the past. JPMorgan analyst, Harlan Sur, has said that Apple has been working with Broadcom for about two years now, and a new wireless charging solution could be in the pipeline for future iPhones. Broadcom Limited is a designer, developer and global supplier of a broad range of digital and analog semiconductor connectivity solutions.

Harlan Sur’s predictions are more or less in line with some of the other predictions that have come out, about future iPhones. Sur, in his note released on Friday, said the feature was unlikely to come out on the next iPhone because of caution around the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s battery related recall. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, a leading Apple analyst, said he expects all three iPhones releasing this year to have wireless charging. The company has also joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a multinational technology consortium credited with developing the Qi open interface standard for wireless charging, adding fuel to the rumours.

There has also been speculation that the next iPhone will feature a glass design. Speaking on this, Harlan Sur, in his note said, “We believe the glass back cover is conducive to wireless charging as it reduces signal interference versus a metal casing. It is possible for Apple to add proprietary features such as fast charging or extended charging to differentiate itself from the pack and enhance the value of its own hardware ecosystem.”


[Source: CNBC]