Apple Joins Qi Wireless Power Consortium Ahead of iPhone 8

Over the course of the a year ago, there has been ongoing speculation that wireless charging company Energous has inked a deal with Apple to potentially provide wireless charging technology for the iPhone 8, but patents and other evidence suggest Apple may pursue its own in-house inductive charging solutions instead. Apple has also ordered sufficient OLED panels from Samsung Display, according to the sources.

According to sources like KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's upcoming new iPhone 8 will feature a new glass-sandwich design that uses a stainless steel mid-section to join a glass front with the new glass back.

The new iPhone 7 and 8 models will come this year.

Our TNI reporters have stated nearly each and every single detail about the iPhone 7 and 8 for you.

Along with the iPhone 4-like design, it is also expected that the new iPhone will also bring in some other changes under the hood.

As 9to5Mac noticed today, Apple is now listed as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, an association of companies that has been promoting a wireless-charging standard called "Qi" since 2008.

It is earlier touted that the new iPhone 8 will be featured with an OLED display embedded with the fingerprint scanner and home button. The report suggested that the iPhone model launching in 2017 is scheduled to sport the aforementioned processor. Apple supplier Catcher Technology also said it expects only one new iPhone model to have glass casing. Other than adding to the way of unlocking the iPhone, the feature will also help simplify authentication process for mobile wallet services such as Apple Pay.

While DigiTimes have a mixed record of reporting Apple's supply chain, Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, an affiliate of Apple manufacturer TSMC is said to be starting mass production of iris-recognition chips this year, adding fuel to the rumours that the technology will debut this year rather than next year which was previously suggested.

The iPhone 8 will reportedly be IP68 certified, meaning the smartphone will be able to survive submersion for 30 minutes in 1.5 meters of water. 2017 is already being considered an important year for the iPhone as it marks Apple's tenth anniversary of the launch of the original iPhone.

  • Arturo Norris