Excitement is building for the release of the new iPhone 8, the device that will mark a decade of Apple smartphones, but what new features can we expect and will Apple finally join the ranks and introduce wireless charging technology?
Will Apple Go Wireless?
New rumors suggest that Apple will indeed join the wireless charging revolution, given that they recently joined an industrial group called the Wireless Power Consortium.
The Consortium works on the development of Qi charging technology, suggesting that the iPhone 8 may feature inductive charging. Apple have confirmed that they are joining, but have not yet given any statement about whether wireless charging will feature on the new device.
"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," said the company.
Earlier reports suggested that the iPhone 8 would not feature wireless charging, as the company was supposedly waiting until they could develop a long-range technology, yet Apple already use Qi charging for their Watch.
As rumours develop around the new features, more reports have come out to suggest that Apple has been working tirelessly to make connections in the wireless charging industry, working alongside Broadcom and allegedly with five different groups on wireless charging.
The majority of high-end Android phones now feature wireless charging, including the Galaxy S7, Microsoft Lumia and Google Nexus 6 among others. Is it time for Apple to introduce wireless charging with the release of the iPhone 8?
We will have to wait for confirmation from the company, but for now it is looking likely that wireless charging will be a prominent new feature.
How Would iPhone Wireless Charging Affect The Market?
It is unlikely that the introduction of wireless charging technology would dramatically increase sales on the iPhone. After all, most of Apple's competitors already utilize Qi charging, so this wouldn't be a stand-out feature. It would, however, bring the iPhone up-to-date with contemporary charging methods, and may encourage more iPhone 6 users to take an upgrade.
The wireless charging market grew by 40% in 2016 when compared to the previous year, and this was largely due to its introduction on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Note7, and trends predict further increase in market growth.
In 2017, the market is expected to double to around 375 million devices, with the latest player LG adding wireless charging to their G6 phone, Dell announcing a laptop with wireless charging capabilities, and automakers turning to wireless charging as a solution for electric cars.
If the iPhone 8 were to feature wireless charging this could give the boost that wireless charging needs, and volumes would increase massively, as well as product innovation. According to an analyst at Global Data Apple would be the, “Catalyst that would drive enough volume."
Other Rumoured Features Of iPhone 8
There have been many other rumours surrounding the new features that we can expect to see on the iPhone 8. There is strong evidence that hints at the introduction of curved edge OLED screen. Apple reportedly just purchased around 60 million of these display screens from Samsung, adding to the 160 million that they supposedly bought last year.
It may be the case that three versions of the iPHone 8 will be released, and the curved edge OLED screen may only makes an appearance on the high-end model. The other two versions could have a 4.5 inch display and 5.5 inch display.
Apple may also ditch the 'Home' button to facilitate an edge-to-edge screen.
Wireless Charging Right Now
Wireless charging is available for many smartphones right now. If you have a recent Android device, the chances are you can charge your phone using a wireless charging Qi pad.
If you have an Apple iPhone, you can experience wireless charging technology right now using our Latitude wireless charging cases for the iPhone 6, 6+ and 7. You will also be able to use this add-on to charge your iPhone 8, regardless of whether Apple decide to include it on future devices.
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