As we can see from the release of the Nexus4 Wireless Charger, inductive charging or the method of charging without connecting a cable directly into the phone has become widely available.
Currently the iphone has not got the function but there are sleeves which can add the ability to wireless charge and the rumored iphone5s may come with bulit-in wireless charging.
There are many options to charge devices wirelessly. I think this way of charging will become the norm and may be built into tables to enable quick charging of devices.
Below are some options for wireless charging
Nokia Wireless Charger Commerical