THE iPhone 8 will not ship with wireless charging feature out-of-the-box, the latest report around the upcoming next-generation smartphone has revealed.
iPhone 8’s wireless charging may not be ready for launch, according to a new report.
Inductive charging has long been rumoured for the next-generation iPhone model.
But it sounds like Apple might struggle to get the functionality out of the door in time for the mid-September announcement.
According to renown Apple watcher John Gruber, wireless charging in the iPhone 8 will be tied to a separate piece of hardware and could hinge on the launch of iOS 11.1 – due later in 2017.
Gruber has a number of sources within the company and has occasionally revealed information on the Cupertino-based company’s upcoming products.
“I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year),” the writer posted on Twitter.
“I’m not sure if the holdup is hardware or software. And they could catch up in next three weeks.”
Rumours of an iPhone with inductive charging gained significant traction back in 2014 when Apple debuted the first-generation Apple Watch, which features a similar technology for its wireless charging dock.
Apple has reportedly struck a deal with wireless charging company Energous, which has developed a wire-free charging solution dubbed WattUp capable of charging devices from up to four metres away (15-feet).
WattUp technology can be included in a wide variety of electronics, including smartphones, tablets, wearables, cameras, wireless keyboard, computer mice, remote controls, and more, according to the company.
As long as any of these devices are within four metres of the transmitter, the device will charge its battery – as if it was plugged into the wall socket.
The Radio Frequency (RF) system uses a similar system to wifi to deliver the safe wire-free charging solution.
Unlike the Qi charging pads used for phones like the Galaxy S7 Edge, WattUp RF will continue to charge your phone while it is in motion – as long as it never moves further than four metres away from the transmitter, of course.
According to Energous, up to 12 different receiver devices can be juggled by the system simultaneously.
So in theory, your Apple Watch, Apple Magic Keyboard and Mouse, iPhone 8 and iPad Pro could all be simultaneously charging whenever they are in the same room as a WattUp RF transmitter.
In early 2016, Energous teased it was working with a “tier one” consumer electronics company to implement the WattUp technology into consumer devices.
According to a report from Fast Company published last year, Apple supplier Dialog partnered with Energous.
As part of the new deal, Energous received a staggering $10 million investment from chipset maker Dialog Semiconductor last month.
That’s not confirmation that Energous will be supplying technology to Apple, but given that “as much as three-quarters of Dialog’s business is with Apple,” it’s a strong indicator.
In a statement, Energous CEO Steve Rizzone confirmed the company would be transferring all its silicon operations to Dialog.
Mr Rizzone said: “We’re actually transferring all of our silicon operations to Dialog. All the Energous technology will be sold under the Dialog branding and all sales orders will be going through Dialog. It’ll take us about 90 days to do all that.”
Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive wants the iPhone 8 “to appear like a single sheet of glass,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
The radically redesigned iPhone 8 will reportedly ship with an large edge-to-edge OLED display – with glass that curves around the smartphone – and no physical Home Button.
Samsung is supplying some 80 million OLED displays for the next-generation smartphone in the second half of the year.
According to the report, Samsung Display is making an additional 80 million screens for its own smartphones and for other manufacturers, although it will keep some inventory flexibility in case Apple orders more iPhones.
Digitimes expects Apple to ship between 50 and 55 million iPhone 8 units in 2017.
Production of the 5.8inch iPhone is expected to ramp up after mid-September and Apple can truly judge demand.
Apple is widely-tipped to jettison the iconic Home Button from the front of the device, allowing the high-resolution display to bleed to the very edges of the device.
The Cupertino-based company looks set to incorporate the functionality built into the Home Button into 3D Touch gestures.
It is not yet known how Apple will replicate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology previous embedded into the physical button, with some reports suggesting Apple will incorporate the feature into the glass display, while others believe the sensor will be relocated to the back of the phone.
Elsewhere, iPhone 8 looks set to include OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, for both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up.
It is also expected to ship with an OLED display with True Tone, a technology that Apple debuted with its 9.7inch iPad Pro.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are expected to swap an aluminium case for glass to enable wireless charging.
source : http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/827213/iPhone-8-Release-Date-Wireless-Charging