Foxconn Building Wireless Charging Modules for iPhone 8

From the back, iPhone 7 Plus

A report from Japanese website Nikkei claims that Foxconn is currently in the process of developing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8 due to be unveiled in 2017. However, the feature will only make it to the iPhone 8 if Foxconn is able to boost the yield rates of the charging modules to satisfactory levels.

For now, it’s unclear if Apple will be incorporating wireless charging on all iPhone models it will be launching in 2017.

“But whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple’s updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on,” the source said.

Previous leaks suggested that Apple has been working with its partners to develop a long range wireless charging solution for the 2017 iPhone.

Apple is working on bringing major design changes to the iPhone 8 in 2017. The handset will be launched on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone and to go along with the occasion, Apple will be redesigning the handset from the ground up. Rumors already peg the next iPhone to feature an all-glass design with metallic chassis, with the premium Plus model of the handset featuring a curved OLED display. The introduction of an all-glass design with the iPhone 8 is a key reason behind Apple adding wireless charging to the device since the existing wireless technologies does not work with phones that feature an aluminum body.

[Via Nikkei]

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