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Gary_EL
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1/29/2016 | 12:18:28 PM
Why so Late
It's strange that Apple waited so long in adding this obviously useful feature. The question is if they will use one of the active standards, or as is often the case with Apple, will they invent their own?
mejiac
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1/29/2016 | 3:41:31 PM
Re: Why so Late
@Gary_EL,

My thoughts exactly. To add to your comment, I think Apple didn't provide the wireless charging in favor of assuring a robust design. They may have considered it in the past but probably couldn't have yet come up with a design that works.

It'll be interesting to see if Apple simply adopts a current provider of components to adopt wirless charging, or do there own way and do there own thing (which is likely what'll happen).

Guess we just need to wait and see
Gary_EL
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1/29/2016 | 3:48:50 PM
Re: Why so Late
Perhaps Apple's emphasis on slim and sleek weighed on their decision. They were willing to sacrifice form over function. I don't understand the company's emphasis on slim design - my problem with smartphones is that they take up too much length and width in my front pocket no matter how slim. But, of course, I'm not an Apple customer.
mejiac
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1/29/2016 | 4:10:14 PM
Re: Why so Late
@Gary_EL,

I think the screen size is one of the deciding factors, the other is it being confortable to hold in your hands.
tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 11:53:01 AM
Re: Why so Late
 

"Perhaps Apple's emphasis on slim and sleek weighed on their decision. They were willing to sacrifice form over function"

@Gary_EL: I don't think the decision to not have wireless charging had anything to do with the width of the phone increasing. I have seen the Lumia phones with wireless charging capabilities and they were pretty slim. There amy be other reasons behind this decision. Perhaps not to add additional cost.

 
yalanand
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1/31/2016 | 10:30:28 PM
Re: Why so Late
Yea why so late? Doesn't matter. iPhones will decline still.
mejiac
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2/1/2016 | 12:32:36 PM
Re: Why so Late
@yalanand,

I don't agree 100%.... Iphone market share might decline only because of competiiveness. Apple has way too much invested in it's smarphone portfolio that'll always keep it a priority for it's R&D departments.

Samsung and others may come up with more bells and whiletls, but it's been proven time and time again that Iphones do have the most robust offering all around, given mainly because apple controls both software and hardware, so it has the capabicity to optimize for 100% performance. Samsung can throught every thing it can think off...it's still an android device with a custom UI, that do this day it still lags when compared to a true Android device (like Nexus)... IMHO

 

What does the community think?
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 10:48:56 AM
Re: Why so Late
@mejiac – Is Apple waiting to perfect wireless charging? Most wireless chargers have a low efficiency rate compared to the ordinary USB charging. I wonder if Apple is trying to overcome this hurdle to have fast efficient wireless charging on their devices.  
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 10:34:53 AM
Re: Why so Late
I wonder why Apple took so long unless they wanted to try something different. I have a feeling they will come up with their own standards and users will have to adopt accordingly. 
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 10:42:45 AM
Re: Why so Late
Will Apple come up with a wireless charger that don't require you to keep the phone on a charging pad? We have seen power sent over RF waves to charge the phone. 

https://youtu.be/wM8XkUeFcjc
mejiac
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1/29/2016 | 3:44:57 PM
Smartphone and Tablet sales
Just wanted to add my 2 cents around smarphone and tablet sales.

I think that the main reason why sales figures are dropping for the likes of Apple is not because of actual drop in sales but more that:

- One, people don't always buy the latest tablet, but mainly upgrade once every two or three years (or more). I myself have a 2013 Nexus 7, and have no plans on upgrading since it still very well provides what I need.

- Two, the market is crowded, and there are more and more competitors, to the pie is shrinking.

What does the community think?
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 10:50:44 AM
Re: Smartphone and Tablet sales
@mejiac – I have to agree with you on this, people now have some close options to choose from and they now have the ability to compare the features / specs before they make an investment.   
tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 12:04:56 PM
Usefulness
I have been using Wireless Charging on my Lumia phone for a while now but I find to be of very little use. While it's wireless as the name says, you have to place the phone on a charging plate to charge it. This means you can't life the phone up to use it while it's on charge. You must use it while it's on the plate. With a wired charger, this is very easy business. The only ease is that you don't have to plug the charger inside the phone and just need to place the phone on the plate.
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 10:54:01 AM
Re: Usefulness
@tzubair- Have you noticed on that your Lumia phone charges mush slower while wireless charging compared to the traditional usb charger? This is where the chargers efficiency comes into play. 
tzubair
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1/31/2016 | 1:39:52 PM
Re: Usefulness
"Have you noticed on that your Lumia phone charges mush slower while wireless charging compared to the traditional usb charger? This is where the chargers efficiency comes into play. "

@Shakeeb: I haven't felt any such thing with the wireless charging. The charging speed has been the same as it'd be on a normal wired charger. The only hindrance is the fact that the phone needs to be placed on the plate and then be used.
shakeeb
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1/31/2016 | 1:47:39 PM
Re: Usefulness
@tzubair- Efficiency rate is approx. 60-70%, depending on the device manufacturer.

So 60-70% of the energy the charger is consuming reaches the device in the end.

The rest is lost in the inductive conversion process and the transfer between the two coils.

 


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