Apple is set to make major design changes to the 2017 iPhone 8 – changes that will aid in the introduction of one of the most elusive features in the iPhone family.
According to the latest reports, the Apple iPhone 8 will be the first from the company to carry an all-glass design, thus ditching the all-metal design that many OEMs are now using on their flagship handsets. The major reason behind this change is so as to include fast wireless charging in the phone, something that Samsung has been using on its handsets for quite some time now thanks to the design material used.
The report comes from renowned Apple analyst and KGI Securities official, Ming-Chi Kuo, adding that Pegatron will be the only supplier of the iPhone 8 wireless chargers. Of course, this is just based on speculations and current market view by Kuo, something that is backed by the fact that he is still unsure whether this fast wireless charging capabilities will come on both iPhone 8 models or only the Plus variant. On the contrary, Kuo believes that this feature will start appearing in both handsets from 2018 onwards.
Many OEMs out there have stayed off the wireless charging feature for their flagships, choosing to stick with and further improve fast charging technologies over cables. In fact, the latter is a lot faster than using wireless charging, which can also be an inconvenience since one needs to have a charging plate on which to rest the phone so as wireless charging can take place. Any slight movement will disrupt the phone from charging. Whether Apple will sell users of the iPhone 8 a separate wireless charging accessory like the case of Samsung Galaxy S7 has yet to be determined.
When Apple unveils the 2017 iPhone 8, it will be marking a decade since it debuted the smartphone. There have been reports of big things coming for this 10th anniversary, which makes fast wireless charging nothing strange. Other features that have also been touted to come with the iPhone 8 include curved edge OLED display, a Touch ID that is embedded in the screen as well as a dual-lens camera for the standard variant.