iPhone 8, iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition, whatever Apple ends up calling, is widely rumored to feature wireless charging.
But as I had clarified few weeks back, it is unlikely to feature true wireless charging, instead the iPhone 8 may feature inductive charging, which everyone else in the industry wrongly calls wireless charging. It can’t be called wireless charging if the smartphone needs a physical contact with a charger.
It wasn’t clear however if Apple would bundle the inductive charger with the new iPhones or sell it separately. Apple blogger John Gruber now claims that Apple will sell the inductive charger separately, and if that is not disappointing, it might ship late, alongside iOS 11.1.
I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year). https://t.co/N65dHMNQIJ
— John Gruber (@gruber) July 8, 2017
Apple adopted a similar strategy with the portrait mode feature in iPhone 7 Plus, which was one of the main feature of the device. The portrait mode was available only in iOS 10.1, which was released in late October.
There have been rumors that Apple may include a long-range wireless charging feature that doesn’t need a charging pad, but it is unlikely the technology is ready for prime time yet. So iPhone 8 is expected to feature an inductive charging feature like the Apple Watch. But it looks like the inductive charger will be sold separately, and won’t be bundled with the new iPhone like the Apple Watch.
This corroborates with Ming-Chi Kuo research report which said that the 2017 iPhones will include 5W USB-A power adapter, but the wireless charger would be sold separately. It reiterated previous reports and rumors that the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus will all feature glass bodies and metal frames, and that each device will support the standard Wireless Power Consortium’s wireless charging functionality. The WPC standard supports the Qi wireless charging functionality used in many Android devices.
According to rumors, the OLED iPhone 8 will be the highlight of Apple’s iPhone lineup this year. It will feature the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone ever in the market thanks to its “notch display” design. The three iPhone variants will be similar to each other in other aspects. They will all feature a Lightning port, though there will also be an embedded USB-C IC for faster charging times. The three models will only be available in 64GB and 256GB storage variants, and while the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone will feature 2GB RAM, the other two models will come with 3GB RAM. This is due to the larger variants featuring a dual-camera setup at the rear.
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