iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tech Being Tested by Foxconn: Report

iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tech Being Tested by Foxconn: Report
  • The iPhone 8 premium variant will support wireless charging
  • The feature's fate depends upon Foxconn's yield rate later on
  • The smartphone is expected to ditch the Home Button altogether

iPhone 8 rumours are cropping up steadily, and the latest one hints at a change many Apple fans will love. The 2017 upgrade is expected to support wireless charging, and now it is being reported that manufacturer Foxconn has already started building the required components to be embedded within the iPhone.

Nikkei Asian Review reports that the wireless charging capabilities may only be exclusive to the premium variant. Also, Apple is still in the contemplation phase, and it all depends on Foxconn's yield rate at the end.

"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," an anonymous source told the publication.

Apple is also rumoured to be working on long-distance wireless charging technology, but it is unsure what progress the company has made on that front, and whether it will make it to the 2017 iPhone.

In 2017, Apple will complete ten successful years of launching the iPhone, probably the best-selling product of the Cupertino giant. The company is expected to celebrate the milestone with significant upgrades to the smartphone, including skipping of the iPhone 7s - and directly naming it iPhone 8.

Past leaks suggest that the iPhone 8 will add another new 5-inch size variant into the mix. One of the three variants will be a premium one, and will sport an OLED display panel. The other two will continue to sport LTPS displays. The Sharp CEO also confirmed the OLED panel rumour in a college speech recently.

Furthermore, the iPhone 8 will sport an edge to edge bezel display, with little to no bezel on the top and bottom edges. The iPhone 8 is also expected to ditch the Home Button altogether, and integrate Touch ID within the glass. It is also expected to let go of the metal casing, and sport an all-glass casing at the back.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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