WSJ: iPhone 6 to have new charging mechanism

With pretty much nothing confirmed about the details of apple’s upcoming iPhone release in September, the Wall Street Journal has actually learned something, from unnamed sources briefed on Apple’s future plans, about the iPhone that will undoubtedly be released next year. We hate to call it the iPhone 6, because it could very well be called iPhone 5S for all we know. The rumor isn’t groundbreaking; all it mentions is that there may be a new charging mechanism and the possibility for an edge-to-edge screen (something that already has been rumored for this year’s iPhone). What’s interesting is that a major media outlet, especially one as reputable (and usually correct) as the WSJ, would speculate, or publish speculation, about a device that is still two major hardware updates away.

If anything, this tells us that the oft-deemed paranoid marketing tactics employed by Apple are still as effective as anything else out there. Controlling hardware/software details until the moment of launch has been effective for iPhone sales and hype until now, and if it gets the WSJ speculating on the next next iPhone a year in advance, someone’s doing their job well.

In the meantime, many people are still looking forward to September, when the next iPhone will likely be released to millions of fans. Rumored improvements are a metal back that will act as the antenna, improvements to the CPU (upgrading to the A5, currently found in the iPad 2), and of course, iOS 5. Analysts are saying that it will be only a modest improvement over the iPhone 4, leading many to believe that it will be an incremental evolution, much like the iPhone 3 series. 

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"WSJ: iPhone 6 to have new charging mechanism"
There's nothing here saying it's a new mechanism to charge the battery.
Actually it's a new mechanism to charge additional fees to your credit card. (For your convenience).

FMH said,
It probably will be OTAC (Over The Air Charge)

I think you mean wireless charging, or more precisely, inductive charging. OTA charing would imply that your phone is charged via your cell provider, such as in "OTA Firmware update"

SirEvan said,

I think you mean wireless charging, or more precisely, inductive charging. OTA charing would imply that your phone is charged via your cell provider, such as in "OTA Firmware update"

That's one not understood joke

All of this speculation, yet no one knows anything of substance.

My bet is on Kinetic charging. People are bouncy, let's put that to work.

leeoniya said,
finally putting that Reality Distortion Field to good use

well, they already put a Somebody Else's Problem-field around their price vs. features list, so
why not?

edge to edge screen would be awesome. But i wont be buying it .. .have my eyes set on Windows phone 7....
I hope Nokia comes out with some amaizing designs.

Zain Adeel said,
edge to edge screen would be awesome. But i wont be buying it .. .have my eyes set on Windows phone 7....
I hope Nokia comes out with some amaizing designs.

On the other hand... I think you need some space between the edge of the phone and the screen. Sometimes when I hold my phone, especially in one hand, my fingers creep onto the screen and it wreaks havoc with the touch interface because there are two inputs simultaneously.

nohone said,
Tzvi, where is your article about how Apple likes to bully their partners, competitors, and customers?

I don't think I've written one about that.

nohone said,

Exactly, thank-you for proving the point.

Which was what? I have a few in my mind... but don't want to get banned.

nohone said,
Tzvi, where is your article about how Apple likes to bully their partners, competitors, and customers?

Sounds like you could do with a psychiatrist....

nohone said,
Tzvi, where is your article about how Apple likes to bully their partners, competitors, and customers?

Probably the same place where you comment positively on an Apple story

I thought all electronic devices - esp phones - had to use one of maybe 3 usb charging cables in a bid to end the huge mountain of useless cables every new phone needs.
Firewire? iPod cable? Possibly out so everyone can use each others mini/micro usb.

dancedar said,
I thought all electronic devices - esp phones - had to use one of maybe 3 usb charging cables in a bid to end the huge mountain of useless cables every new phone needs.
Firewire? iPod cable? Possibly out so everyone can use each others mini/micro usb.

Micro USB is supposed to be the new standard, but when has Apple ever cared about standards? That's how they make half their money, charging you $50 for a wire.

AJerman said,

Micro USB is supposed to be the new standard, but when has Apple ever cared about standards? That's how they make half their money, charging you $50 for a wire.

Thank God for cheap Chinese knockoffs. It's a frickin' USB cable. It doesn't need to be $50.

AJerman said,

Micro USB is supposed to be the new standard, but when has Apple ever cared about standards? That's how they make half their money, charging you $50 for a wire.

Yeah... Micro USB was supposed to be, but I actually really like the iDevice power cord. Micro USB is incredibly loose in comparison.

AJerman said,

Micro USB is supposed to be the new standard, but when has Apple ever cared about standards? That's how they make half their money, charging you $50 for a wire.

WTF kind of crack are you smoking? They sell Apple iOS device usb cables from $1.50 - $3.80 on Amazon.

littleneutrino said,
perhaps they will make it so that you have to feed money directly into the phone to charge it.

I remember living in the UK feeding coins for electricity :-)

It's probably going to be a copy of what Palm/Motorola do with their inductive back plate, for wireless charging. Of course Apple's marketing team will claim it's an industry first!

tsupersonic said,
It's probably going to be a copy of what Palm/Motorola do with their inductive back plate, for wireless charging. Of course Apple's marketing team will claim it's an industry first!

just like they did with MMS and copy&paste in 2008?

At least they will make it popular, which Palm/Motorola really excelled at...

Plus can't wait to see the streams of HTC phones coming out with it too.

Very interesting to see information about the successor to the iPhone 5 before the iPhone 5 is released I'd love to see more solar powered phones coming out!

tsupersonic said,
BS. New iPhone will run purely on "magic" because it's so revolutionary

I'd lol if this was actually their new advertising gimmick for the iPhone 6.

boumboqc said,
They might drain users soul.
Wouldn't be suprising.

All current Apple products do that already. They just don't give anything in return

Ambroos said,

All current Apple products do that already. They just don't give anything in return

And hear come the trolls....

Shadrack said,

Yes, all trolling can be considered joking at someone else's expense. So what was your point?


Lighten the hell up? I have Apple products too, but I'm not gonna get butthurt about it. Sheesh.

Unix2 said,

That will be awesome, I already have a solar powered wrist watch.
Nice! I love my solar powered flashlight. Oh wait....

sach said,
solar power baby!

How often if your phone just sitting in the sun? That would be cool, but I can't think of many times where mine is.