(355-KR)'s Innotek division said Thursday that the new wireless tech will be in
mass production later this year.
charging system consists of a 15-watt transmission module, which sends a charge
to a receiver inside a smart phone. This new system can charge a drained
battery up to 50 percent of its maximum battery life in 30 minutes, according
to LG Innotek. It said that means charging can happen three times faster than
with existing wireless charging technology, which currently delivers 5 watts of
its new charging tech, LG could ultimately find itself competing with Apple
(AAPL) and other smartphone makers on a new front.
"Our view is that the industry is
quickly migrating towards wireless charging technology and see a high probability
that [Apple's] iPhone 7, expected to launch this September, will include
wireless charging capabilities," said S&P Global Market Intelligence
technology analyst Angelo Zino.
"Primary competitors like Samsung already
have wireless charging in their devices and are a leg up in that respect, but
Apple cares more about providing the best possible offerings to its consumers
rather than being first," Zino said in an email to CNBC.
(AAPL) has not confirmed that it's working on wireless charging, and declined