In his latest note issued to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says that he expects all variants of the 2017 iPhone to feature an all-glass design to facilitate wireless charging. As per his sources, Pegatron is going to be the exclusive supplier of wireless chargers for Apple for next year.
Apple did not task Hon Hai a.k.a Foxconn with the task of supplying wireless chargers since the company will already be under pressure with assembling the OLED iPhone. It’s also unclear if Apple will be bundling a wireless charger with the iPhone 8 next year or it will need to be purchased separately. Knowing the Cupertino company though, it is unlikely that the latter is going to happen.
The switch from a metal casing to an all-glass design will be key for Apple to offer wireless charging feature on the iPhone 8 next year. While wireless charging methods for phones with metal bodies do exist, they are not as efficient as existing implementations that exist for phones with a glass body.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple has teamed up with Energous to work on a wireless charging technology that could charge the handset from as far as 15 feet. As things stand right now, while there are multiple Android devices in the market that feature wireless charging, none of them are truly wireless since they require the phone to be in direct contact with the wireless charging pad. If Apple manages to come up with true wireless charging, it could end up having a huge hit on its hand, especially since the 2017 iPhone is already rumored to come with an all-new design and OLED display.