The upcoming iPhone 8 will be the first phone made by Apple to include wireless charging, we’ve had only analyze theories and supply chain rumors to call for our projections.
Slashleaks recently shared an image that arrives to show off a component that could give the power for Apple’s wire-free debut, giving us a new sign that the rumors could be true. The new phone’s charging coil, along with other features visible in the photo, is meant to be used for the inductive charging required with future phones for wireless charging.
The module is apparently made for the iPhone, although it’s unclear whether it will be included in the phone’s interior or a separate, external charging pad since it appears to fit within the expected dimensions for the device, as AppleInsider noted.
A port that appears to be a female Lightning socket is clearly visible in the image, a feature that makes it likely that this is a part of an iPhone.
The rearview shows off some more detailed information about the module, most notably that it will have an expected voltage between five and 12 volts and use the inductive Qi standard, which has been praised as the most likely format for Apple’s wireless tech since the company joined the Wireless Power Consortium back in February.
There’s not much information available about the module, unfortunately, including its exact source. There’s clearly some text on the front of its face that has been blurred out, so we can only speculate on whether this comes directly from Apple or some third-party manufacturer using the new iPhone specs for new accessories.
The inductive wireless charging could be used to power a new bigger battery design, which could both provide more capacity for power-ups and clear out space for the inductive materials inside the device with an L-shaped layout. New USB-C Power Delivery chips for lightning-fast charging might also be included.
These are all rumors, so we can’t say anything for sure about the expected OLED screened iPhone 8 or the 7S and 7S Plus, which could also feature wireless charging, which is rumored to come along with it. The new iPhones are predicted to be unveiled in September if Apple keeps its annual schedule, so till then all we have is educated guesses and reputed rumors.