While it has been speculated for some time now that Apple’s next iPhone, presumably the iPhone 8, will have wireless charging, we now have another indication that the technology will indeed be making its way to the company’s flagship smartphone.
According to Gizmodo, Apple has recently joined Wireless Power Consortium, a group of 214 companies dedicated to promoting wireless charging through its “Qi” standard. Furthermore, Mac Otakara reports that the company has decided the iPhone 8 will be the only 2017 iPhone to integrate wireless charging. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will in turn be compatible with separate wireless chargers for them made by Luxshare, the Chinese company behind the inductive charging in the Apple Watch, but will not include the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter supplied with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
In addition to the utilization of Wireless Power Consortium, this month the tech juggernaut submitted an unnamed “wireless device” to the FCC, a device that contains Bluetooth and NFC that some suspect is the much-anticipated wireless charging iPhone. Following the submission of the mysterious gadget, KGI analyst and Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple will release three versions of its next iPhone, all of which will include wireless charging.
All of this arrives as rumors have recently been circulating regarding an insane retail price of more than $1,000 USD for Apple’s iPhone 8. For that money, it better come with wireless charging and a slew of other helpful upgrades.