The “iPhone 8” could have wireless charging.
While it has been previously reported that Apple will introduce wireless charging into its phones, Foxconn Technology Group, one of Apple’s main manufacturing partners, is making wireless charging modules for the 2017 iPhone, Nikkei Asian Review reports.
Wireless charging has been around for a few years, and manufacturers such as Samsung have been quick to incorporate this technology into their phones. While only the Apple Watch uses it so far, previous reports indicate that Apple has been acquiring engineers from wireless charging companies and cite 2017 as the year we will see this technology.
2017 will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone’s release, and it seems like a good bet that Apple has big plans, possibly including wireless charging.
The Nikkei report also speculates that the
will come with a curved OLED display. While this has not been confirmed by Apple, Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu mentioned that the next iPhone would have an OLED screen during a speech last week.
While the Nikkei report states that Foxconn is already producing the wireless charging module for the next iPhone, this does not necessarily mean it will make it into the version of the phone that’s released to the public. Nikkei’s source states that the release of the technology will “depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on.” Put simply, the factory has to get better at making the units before they have a shot at making it into the final product.
Apple did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.