With the launch of the new iPhone 8 expected this September, the internet has been rife with rumours about what features Apple will include on its new device. Hearsay suggests that the Californian technology giant could follow in the footsteps of rivals Samsung by introducing wireless charging to the upcoming handset, but will the firm really follow suit?
To some, it might still seem like witchcraft, but wireless charging has been around for a number of years now and features heavily in the Samsung Galaxy range as well as the latest Nokia Lumia offerings. In fact, when it comes to Qi charging Apple is some way behind the rest of the field, with endless theories about the company’s reluctance to include what is fast becoming a standard feature on handheld devices. Even IKEA has been quicker on the uptake, designing numerous items of furniture with wireless charging pads.
However, it seems as though Tim Cook’s team may be about to help customers move forward into a wireless society, with this just one of many new additions rumoured to be part of the iPhone’s tenth-anniversary design. Although this addition is yet to be confirmed, Robert Hwang, the CEO of Apple supplier Wistron, did drop a massive hint when speaking to Nikkei: “Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing.”
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Apple certainly does like to add features that get customers talking, although the controversial decision to discard the 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 was certainly met with a great deal of uproar. If wireless charging is to make an appearance, it would require the handset switching to a glass-paneled back, and a reported leak of the new design on Reddit earlier this month seemed to suggest the new model will indeed ship with this feature.
Of course, the existence of the iPhone 8 is still yet to be confirmed, with Apple refusing to comment ahead of the device’s possible launch this autumn. Instead, the organization has been focusing on promoting the impending release of iOS 11, a software update that is expected to be a real hit amongst tech fans. The operating system is likely to include a redesigned control centre and keyboard for one-handed typing, a do-not-disturb mode for drivers and significant improvements to Siri, which has performed poorly in comparison to other voice activated systems.
So, with no confirmation of a new iPhone or any brand new features just yet, speculation amongst Apple enthusiasts will continue to grow, with only internet gossip and widespread whispers to go off. However, if these tales turn out to be fictitious, many fans will certainly be left disappointed.