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    February 10, 2017

    Rumours suggest 2017’s iPhone will bring wireless charging

    iphone 8 wireless charging

    New reports suggest that Apple is preparing to launch three new iPhone models, all of which would benefit from the addition of wireless charging.

    We might have just gotten the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on our shores, but even that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill from turning. The latest report to emerge suggests that Apple is actively working on three new iPhone models, all of which would support wireless charging.

    The report, which originates from Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, claims that Apple is working to reduce the heat generated through the process of charging a smartphone wirelessly.

    Read: The Apple Watch was 2016’s favourite wearable, accounting for half of all shipments

    Thus, the firm’s next handset – the iPhone 8 – will arrive with an OLED display, glass casing, and a new 3D Touch module with “additional graphite sheet lamination” that will serve to prevent overheating.

    In January of 2016 it was reported that Apple was investigating extended range wireless charging for its next iPhone. Apple has filed a number of wireless charging patents, but has publicly downplayed the technology for its current requirement that a charging matt would need to be plugged into a wall to function in any case.

    In November of 2016 it was reported that one of Apple’s main manufacturing partners, Foxconn, had reportedly begun testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8.

    Further, the company was reported to be working alongside Energous – the company besides WattUp, a technology which can charge devices up to 15 feet away -and later hired two engineers from uBeam, a startup company which is developing a wireless charging technique that uses ‘ultrasonic waves’ to charge devices through a method that converts such waves into electricity.

    Read: Guess what? Apple is working on a new connector, again

    What are your thoughts? Would you be willing to pay more for a device that can charge (truly) wirelessly, or is the feature an unnecessary one?

    Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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