iPhone 8 Latest News: Apple Will Launch The Next iPhone With Wireless Charging Support
Wireless charging has been rumored to be featured on the next iPhone devices. As Apple's close competitor, Samsung, has already integrated this technology on its Galaxy S8, the Cupertino-based company might as well have this.
It has not been announced yet what specific iPhone model will first have this wireless charging technology. However, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI expressed that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 models are more likely to be launched this year carrying this feature. On the other hand, Kuo also said that iPhone 8 might not follow the traditional launch of Apple in September, unlike to its predecessors that were introduced this time of the year, says Mobile Syrup.
Given that the next iPhones will all come with wireless charging, it will resolve the recent issue Apple encountered when the company decided to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This decision made iPhone users resort to Bluetooth headphones or wired headphones but with an adapter to the device's Lightning port. According to Business Insider, Broadcom will supply iPhone the support for wireless charging, for both PMA and Qi wireless charging standards but it did not specify which one would be supported by the next iPhone devices.
Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium early this year and it backed the Qi standard for wireless charging. However, it could not be concluded yet that Apple will only support Qi because Samsung is even a member of the said consortium but it released the Galaxy S duo with both Qi and PMA. The Broadcom chips will also offer Bluetooth 5.0, says CNBC. It will allow other accessories which are Bluetooth supported such as speakers and headphones, to work efficiently even in far distances. In addition, a simultaneous use of multiple Bluetooth devices can be done also. Two persons can share watching a movie on one Phone as long as they have two Bluetooth headsets. Broadcom is said to have an additional revenue of $500 million to $600 million out of this Apple transaction and their stock has taken a slight increase in the premarket early this week just because of this news, CNBC reported.