Some of the first rumors about Apple ‘s next iPhone it was suggested that it would be wireless charging, a feature that has long disappeared from Apple’s smartphones.
We have new evidence that the next iPhones will be able to wireless charging, and it comes directly from one of the companies that assembles Apple phones.
Robert Hwang, CEO of design manufacturer Wistron, confirmed the arrival of wireless charging when speaking to reporters after his company’s annual general meeting of shareholders today (14 June).
According to Nikkei Asian Review, Hwang said: “Assembly process for the previous generations of [iphone] have not changed much, although new features, such as waterproof and wireless charging, now require a number of different tests, and waterproof function will change the assembly process a bit.”
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The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus all the water resistance, which means that they can be submerged in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, so that the watertightness Hwang refers to could mean that the function is enhanced in the upcoming models. The real story here is the wireless charging Hwang calls it, for that is not available in all versions of the iPhone.
This is not the first time that we hear about wireless charging comes to the iPhone 8. Last fall, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, said that Apple was moving to a glass on his next phone for a large part to offer wireless charging support.
Other rumors of the iPhone supply chain have also pointed to wireless charging, and a recent leak has suggested the feature could find its way into the new versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, also. It is widely believed that Apple will roll out three new iPhones this autumn : modest updates to the 7 and 7 Plus, along with the more feature-packed iPhone 8.
That is the key, because it is not clear exactly what new iPhone Hwang was talking about when he said that wireless charging. That Nikkei Asian Review report noted that Hwang’s company is the splitting of orders for the 5.5-inch iPhone with a other phone installation company. In other words, Hwang could talk about the rumors about the iPhone 7s Plus, but it is hard to imagine that Apple is leaving the wireless charging support of the iPhone 8 when it comes to other models.