One of the more interesting features of the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone, announced last week, was the ability to wirelessly charge the device without plugging it in — instead placing it on or near a wireless power transmitter.
Well, it wasn’t very interesting to Apple. After unveiling the new iPhone 5 yesterday, Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller told AllThingsD that the company doesn’t see much use for the type of wireless charging that Nokia showed, because it still requires the use of a wireless charging unit.
“Having to create another device you have to plug into the wall is actually, for most situations, more complicated,” Schiller told AllThingsD’s Ina Fried.
Accessories announced last week by Nokia included the Fatboy Recharge Pillow and the JBL PowerUp wireless charging speaker system. As a start, the company also announced partnerships with Virgin Atlantic and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to deploy wireless charging stations and charging plates.