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iPhone 5 To Join Samsung Galaxy S3 With Wireless Charging, No More Dock Connector?

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At the start of May, we finally got an official glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy S3. While features like a 12-megapixel camera, 2GB RAM and ceramic body never came to fruition, what surprisingly did was wireless charging capabilities.

iPhone 5 to join Samsung Galaxy S3 with wireless charging?

Now this is a big step up for the Samsung Galaxy S3 as there are no other smartphones on the market that come standard with this feature. This also brings up an interesting question, will Samsung’s biggest rival follow suit?

We’re talking about Apple and the upcoming iPhone 5. Both the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S phones have been locked in continuous battle year after year as both companies introduce upgraded variants of their smartphones. Last year we saw the Samsung Galaxy S2 and iPhone 4S battle it out, with the latter winning in terms of sales. Now with WWDC 2012 right around the corner, rumors of an iPhone 5 are picking up steam fast.

Unlike the 4S, the iPhone 5 has been speculated to be completely redesigned. The folks over at iMore add that Apple may finally be dumping its aged dock connector which without a doubt needs an update. Originally, the dock connector used to allow for syncing in addition to charging, however with the introduction of iCloud its main purpose will only be the latter. So will Apple also jump onboard the wireless charging train? There are signs of it.

There’s patent filings that prove Apple’s working to develop power induction technologies for its devices. The patents hint something similar to PowerMat but with the expectation of a better power use/conversion rate.

Furthermore, if Apple manages to dump the port altogether, they may have better chances of producing a slim iPhone 5.

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