True wireless charging that could recharge batteries of gadgets from a distance hasn’t been realised till date with any gadget out there, but that could change with Apple iPhone 8 a new report has claimed.
According to report doing rounds on the web, the iPhone 8 could feature a wireless charging technology that will let the upcoming iPhones get charged from a distance of about 15 feet. This means you will not be required to place your iPhone 8 on a wireless charging plate like we’ve seen with all gadgets including smartphones that are available in the market today.
Apple will most likely not issue an incremental update to the iPhone 7 in the form of iPhone 7S and this increases the possibility of the new iPhone 8 hitting shelves next year itself rather than 2018.
According to a report by Zach Epstein of BGR, Apple may use wireless charging tech developed by Energous that could let the iPhone 8 charged from across the room. The report claims that a small chip on the iPhone will let the device wirelessly connect to a base station and also charge from a distance of up to 15 feet.
“Energous has repeatedly stated on earnings calls that it is working with a “tier 1″ smartphone manufacturer, and all signs in the past have pointed to Apple,” notes the report. If true, then the next iPhone can be charged constantly without needing to plug or place the device on a charging plate.
A previous report had suggested that the iPhone 8 wireless charging components are already being manufactured by Foxconn, which will also test it. Rumours claim that the wireless charging capabilities may be exclusive to the premium iPhone 8 variant, similar to how the dual-rear camera setup is limited to the more expensive iPhone 7 Plus variant.
The new BGR report also adds that the iPhone 8 is likely to bring biggest design changes since iPhone 6 launched in 2014. It adds that the iPhone 8 may feature a glass front and back panels which will be connected by metal around the edges. In-line with previous leaks, the new report also suggests the iPhone 8 may use OLED screen.
Some of the other changes expected on the iPhone 8 include next-generation Touch ID, new 3D Touch gestures, and a new A11 Fusion processor.