Apple recently became a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, which has many speculating that the next iPhone will feature wireless charging.
The consortium currently has 213 members and, according to 9to5mac, Apple was a recent addition. The tech giant has been cautious about the wireless charging feature, only trying it with the Apple watch. If they take the plunge with the new iPhone, it’s predicted to charge with an inductive pad, similar to the watch.
Wireless chargers are convenient and there are already some on the market that are compatible with iPhones, but they have a reputation for being slow and can cause your phone to heat up. Therefore, if Apple doesn’t carefully implement the feature, it could lead to battery damage.
According to 9to5mac, Apple’s move to a glass casing for the iPhone 8 means it allows for wireless charging. They will charge quickly and with little interruption. But it’s not all good news. Apple may reportedly not sell a wireless charger with every model. If launched, a wireless charger may be an add-on purchase for some.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities reportedly said the next iPhone should feature wireless charging, plus the Lightning port. Techies will be anxiously awaiting this September, as three new models could be hitting shelves.
Apple hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors, but did release the following statement:
“Apple is an active member of many standards development organizations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards. We look forward to working together with the WPC and its members.”
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