Many have bemoaned the fact that Apple iPhone 7 did not find space for wireless charging technology. Well, the iPhone 8 might just do this, if the latest reports are to be believed.
Apple has lagged behind in the aspect of wireless charging with its iPhones, something that Samsung has been offering on its flagships for the second year in a row now. The major reason this has been happening is the company’s design language where it has believed in an all-metal design. Apparently, it is not possible to get this feature to work in such a phone, hence the inclusion of glass on the current Samsung Galaxy S7 as well as last year’s Samsung Galaxy flagships.
But with Apple set to make the shift to an all-glass design come 2017, there has been talk of this feature making it to the iPhone 8. Now, according to a Nikkei report, the company’s silent partner in making iPhones – Foxconn – is currently producing and testing wireless charging modules that will be used in next year’s iPhones. This is the same source that revealed the supposed design changes for the iPhone 8, claiming that glass will facilitate the inclusion of this feature.
As at the time of this writing, all we know is that Foxconn will be building these wireless charging modules inside next year’s iPhone 8. However, whether this technology will only ship with the high-end iPhone 8 Plus or both models is still a mystery, but hopefully, all models come with the feature.
Apple released iPhone 7 a few weeks ago and even though the phone came in with very few changes in terms of design, the company is reportedly experiencing a shortage of the larger iPhone 7 Plus model due to excess demand. The most attractive thing about this high-end model is the dual-lens camera setup, something that could also feature on both iPhone 8 models in 2017.
Other than these, the iPhone 8 is also rumored to be coming with an OLED display made by Sharp, but this could also be an exclusive feature for the high-end models.
With all these rumors, leaks, and speculations coming in, the 2017 iPhone 8 promises to be a huge upgrade over the current iPhone 7. But until then, this will remain to a rumor.