New iPhone May Come With Wireless Charging Technology
Apple is now a member of the Wireless Power Consortium. As spotted by 9to5mac, the website has recently been revised to highlight Apple as one of the 213 members. This revision feeds rumors that Apple is going to add wireless charging technology in the next iPhone. While wireless charging technology is nothing new, Apple has been very careful about this feature. The Apple Watch already works with a magnetic cable that charges your device wirelessly. But the iPhone has never had such a feature.
When wireless charging first became familiar, it was either slow or your phone battery would become hot. If this feature isn’t implemented properly, it could damage batteries over time. In addition to that technical obstacle, companies were competing to set the standard. The technology is now ready to come out, and Apple is ready to move ahead. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has already said that the next iPhone should feature wireless charging in addition to the Lightning port.
In September, Apple could introduce three different iPhone models. In addition to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, there should be a higher-end “pro” model. It is not clear if all iPhones, or just the top model, will have wireless charging. Similarly, nobody knows for sure if Apple is going to put the charger in the box or ship the phones with a Lightning cable.
There are many companies in the Wireless Power Consortium, including LG, Samsung, HTC, Qualcomm, and Huawei. So the recent advertisement does not mean much about Apple’s plans. It is hard to dismiss it when you combine it with the current rumors. Now, if only somebody could tell Apple that the Lightning port is sort of useful. If you blink for a second, Apple could use this opportunity to remove that one last port on the iPhone.