Apple may bring wireless charging to its upcoming iPhones this year: iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and the iPhone 8. The company may have previously shied away from adding a slightly useful piece of technology in its smartphones but if reports are to be believed, customers are in for a treat.
Wistron, Apple’s partner in assembling iPhones, may have leaked the wireless charging functionality ahead of the launch scheduled for later this year. Wistron’s CEO Robert Hwang apparantly told reporters that Apple is bringing wireless charging and better water resistance to its upcoming iPhones this year. The company is responsible for assembling iPhone 7 Plus currently, and is likely to assemble the upcoming Plus devices too.
Rumors have it that Apple may announced three new iPhones this year. These include the iterations to last year’s iPhone 7 along with a newer, probably more expensive version currently being labelled as the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 may also launch a bit later than the usual release cycle, according to some reports.
Apple may include contact based wireless charging into all three new iPhones this year. This will enable iPhone users to simply place the iPhone on a compatible tray or a mat to charge their phone without plugging it in. This could be useful for those who prefer to listen to music while charging their smartphones, considering how Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone last year.
As for water resistance, Apple is expected to have made things better by altering the design. The existing iPhone 7 lineup supports the IP67 rating, but Apple could upgrade that to IP68, adding more protection for water based damage to the iPhone.