A new report informs us that a new wireless charging feature for our iPads and iPhones may be available in 2013.

Intel is currently developing a technology for Intel processor-based ultrabooks and smartphones that could enable you to charge devices like the iPhone wirelessly. It is set for launch in the later half of 2013, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

Competing with Intel are several other smartphone companies and telecom carriers also developing the technology, according to the DigiTimes report.

NTT Docomo and Sharp have both launched smartphones with wireless charging features that meet the Wireless Power Consortium’s (WPS) Qi standard, however the high price could create a barrier to the product for consumers.

Originally Samsung was to launch a wireless charger by the beginning of 2013, however the launch was delayed to allow for improvements to performance, according to the source.

To charge the smartphone wirelessly, Intel uses an ultrabook as the source of power, using related software and a transmitter. Intel is said to be planning to integrate the transmitter and receiver together to lower the cost of production.

Intel’s data shows the feature will use lower power consumption. The technology does not require the phone to be in a specific position.

Apple’s MacBooks are often the first to receive Intel’s latest software so don’t be surprised if this features in the 2013 MacBook Air.