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    November 1, 2016

    Foxconn reportedly begins testing wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8

    Apple's new patent shows how the iPhone 8 could get rid of bezels

    Foxconn has reportedly begun testing the integration of wireless charging modules aboard Apple’s next handset, the iPhone 8.

    Is everyone ready to lose another port? Foxconn – the manufacturer in charge of producing the iPhone, among other Apple devices – has reportedly begun testing wireless charging modules in the iPhone 8.

    If you were hoping to see the iPhone 8 adopt one of the two major wireless charging standards, however, you might be disappointed. In January this year it was reported that Apple was investigating extended range wireless charging for its next iPhone.

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    Further, the company has 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.

    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.

    Should Apple’s own wireless charging standard be included aboard its next flagship – presumably the iPhone 8 – the feature would join a number of exciting rumoured features. Reportedly, the next iPhone will make use of an all-glass display and would integrate a Touch ID sensor beneath its display; feasibly letting users register their thumbprint on the display itself rather than a sensor module.

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    What are your thoughts? If Apple were to move to wireless charging, would you prefer the company to use its own solution as above, or would you like to use an already existing wireless charging standard? Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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