Apple iPhone 8 wireless charging components to be manufactured by Lite-On Semiconductor


The rumor that the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging capabilities has persistently popped up through the past few months, and today another report confirming it has surfaced. According to Chinese publication Commercial Times, Lite-On Semiconductor, a Taiwan-based components maker, has become part of the iPhone 8’s supply chain, providing half the orders for GPP bridge rectifiers to be used in the device’s wireless charger. Lite-On is a 42-year old manufacturer of consumer electronics and components for them, its products ranging from LEDs and semiconductors to monitors and CD/DVD drives.

Apple has strong financial ties to Energous, a US company specializing in wireless charging technologies, which has suggested in the past it’s formed a key relationship with a “top 5” phone vendor. Rumors have suggested that this partnership is with Apple, and its result will be a phone capable of wireless charging up to 15 feet away from the source. This is a major advancement from current technologies, which work in an extremely short range only, requiring the device to be laid on a special charging surface.

The iPhone 8 is expected to be announced in September, along with two other phones – the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Rumors suggest it will be a design departure, featuring a curved screen that wraps around the chassis, which itself will be made out of glass. We have a full roundup of all the iPhone 8 rumors and leaks, and will keep you posted as news arrive.

source: Digitimes

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72 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple you are so great to introduce wireless charging, that is what i call innovation........btw welcome to 2011!

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Did you read the article before writing your comment? In both cases you are stupid. "and its result will be a phone capable of wireless charging up to 15 feet away from the source"

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And you are the stupid one........did you read the word Rumors?

8. bucky

Posts: 3785; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You are posting on this specific article and posted about a different wireless charging method. You failed as you normally do.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Inductive vs. Conductive Wireless Charging are two different things

12. mikehunta727 unregistered

Stop deflecting SIGPRO just cause you are clueless here. There are very strong signs that it is Energous corp wirleless energy tech that will go in the iPhone 8, so it's more then a rumor at the moment

46. Unordinary unregistered

Hiring specific engineers and acquiring companies for the past 3 years isn't called a rumor. Lol

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Samsung was reportedly developing this tech around 2011...so what Sigpro said is true. Try avoiding insults...It might make you a better person some day. :)

15. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Samsung was reportedly developing this tech around 2011" "Samsung was reportedly...." "REPORTEDLY...." I could say (report) that Samsung built a damn rocket 25 years ago. Does that make it authentic? Even still, why the hell does it matter what SAMSUNG does?

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

And Energous and others have been working on this for longer and not reportedly too. Plus Sigpro tried calling other serious stupid by not reading the article when clearly he didn't read the article fully. Plus it is well known now that this is a bit more then a rumor.. All signs point to Energous wireless tech going in the iPhone 8

26. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Reportedly

27. mikehunta727 unregistered

What?

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Qualcomm already has a working technology and applied for the patent back in 2009 and it was granted in 2010

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

15 feet of wireless power, dunno, seems potentially dangerous, there is a reason other devices have short range, it can react with stuff as well, and we don't know how long term affects people or other electrical items. Short range would be just fine.

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

FCC not too long ago certified Energous for this, FCC deemed it safe

28. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey thanks for the link - I'm very discouraged by all the info and limits of this technology. If it's true - I don't see it coming to any device anytime soon. Oh well, reality always beats optimism.

33. mikehunta727 unregistered

http://ir.energous.com/press-releases/detail/563/fcc-approves-miniature-wattup-solution-from-energous "We remain on schedule for Miniature WattUp transmitter and receiver technology, along with their associated chipsets, to be fully integrated into consumer products late this year/early next year, followed by the release of our midsize and full-size transmitter designs, along with a broad spectrum of WattUp-enabled receivers slated for 2017 and 2018."" short range has been approved already We shall see what happens but i think it will come to devices sooner then later

72. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well as link indicates, fcc approval does....not mean it is safe clearly.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

That's not the reason why others don't have true wireless (short range my ass - it's zero range pad charging, not wireless). The reason is that no one has yet been able to make it work - there are probably ten thousand companies trying to develop real wireless charging. And I bet everyone of these huge corps, Samsung, Apple, google, ford, etc are scouting to buy this or license anyone who's on the verge of breakthrough. Don't be naive kids, this takes more than playground politics to push this onto any single widely distributed consumer device. Personally I'm just looking for a better screen to body ratio, and Apple Pencil support for the iPhone (or I'll just buy an iPad Pro when my iPad 3 gives up the ghost). If the next iPhone comes with REAL wireless charging - it would be a huge bonus (I'll be disappointed if it's just PAD charging like the rest of the manufacturers that use electric toothbrush technology, lol).

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They do have it. YOu are wrong. Look up Wi-Power and get back to us. They have videos showing the wireless technology and show you dont have to place an object on a charging surface. They've bene demoing it since aquiring the patent in 2010. The technology is simply not mature enough and ready for mass production. Apple is just rushing some limited garbage that isn't goign to work. I can see idiots complaining their phone is dying and its suppose ot be charging. I don't understand how you can make statements without every using a search engine to verifiy your convoluted so-called facts. Many people had this technology long before Apple patented their own. In fcat the only thing that made Apple patent it was the Alliance for Wireless Power which si made of of Qualcomm, Intel, Samsung and othet who already have the patents required for the tech which is based on original owrk done by Tesla. Yoru clim no one else has this is BS. I've been talkign about it since PA first announce in an article in 2013 that Apple acquired a patent for wireless charging that woudl allow you to be about a meter from the source. I posted links then to Wi-Power which Qualcomm had already bought and applied for a patent for the same technology in 2009 which was 4 years BEFORE Apple chose to patent one of their own. I do not understand how you can and why you all ever think Apple has ever had an original idea.

66. AlikMalix unregistered

Show me a f**ken phone that employs real wireless charging?

36. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You didnt say Scythian that was any different. Phones have had wireless charging since the Note 3/S4. In fact Qualcomm has been supporting wireless charging since the SnapDragon 800. And let me wake you up to facts. Qualcomm bout a company called WiPower, which is the ORIGINAL; company that designed a wireless charging method that doesn't require you to place the device on any pad. You can see it here on their website -https://www.qualcomm.com/products/wipower Here is the issue, and I will show you how stupid you are. The problem with this concept is, basically the closer to the source the betetr the rate of charging, just like a wifi signal. You get faster speeds the closer you are to the source of the signal. But based on the facst that Qualcomm provided, even with the phone on the mat, the phone will only charge as fast as it would plugged into a wall with a normal charger. Which emans the farther you are away from the source the slower the charge. Which meanss, the way iPhone's gobble up power, depending on what you are doing, the phone won't even be chargign at all. Which is the same issue APple had with the iPad 3 which peopel complained was plugged into the wall, but the iPad was discharging faster thehn it could charge under heavy load. So Qualcomm to said technology and applied it to Quick Charge. You don;t have to place the device on the pad, you can in fact be as far as 3 meters from the source. The only issue is, if the OEM implements the concept. Samsung at the very least chose to not use it because it sucks. Because Quick Charge is faster. Its 0%~ 20% in just 10 mins of charging time. 60% charged in just 30 mins and fully charged in under 90 mins. In fact the Galaxy S7 takes 88 mins from 0%. The iPhone even with a slightly fancier charging option, will still take 3 hours to charge the plus model. Which means most people will just lay the phone on the charging surface to improve charging speed. So the fact is, you are trumpeting about a technology that is not complete and still basically in beta, that won't even charge faster than having it connected to a cable ot charge with Apple's normal wall charger. So what exactly were you correcting him on? NOTHING! You are a miserable;e self-serving moron with a brain the size of a grain of sand! I wonder what you look like. I bet you are ugly as sin!

47. Unordinary unregistered

Sh*tpost. Yes hold/grip the heavy clunky wireless charging brick against the phone while you're in bed. Wooohooo

67. AlikMalix unregistered

Buncha bull s**t as usual. I have an iPad 3 - my daughter and son plays games on it and watches videos, as well as learns to read and math exercises. my wife and I watch movies in the evening because tv is too loud when you got kids sleeping, I also do some work on it during business hours - in no way does it have issues you described - it's running iOS 9.x.x, has real racing 3 installed and played daily. It charges just fine while in use!!! - this goes on through the day, everyday. It's been used since it was new when I got it in 2012. Next.... ABSOLUTELY NOT ONE DEVICE HAS WIRELESS CHARGING - what you're describing is PAD CHARGING, DAMN IT!!! This bull s**t you describe "the further you go the slower it charges" is limited to about An inch - once it's any further than that - it DOES NOT CHARGE --- so it's NOT the same as wireless charging described in the article - your version = you're tied to the damn PAD as you would to a dock or a regular charge cable. In fact it's useless if you want to charge and use it in bed. Show me one device I can pick up and use while laying in bed or sitting on the couch and it continues to charge OR AT LEAST HOLD THE CHAGE WITHOUT DECREASING untethered. No? Non device like that - that means your f**ken essays are all BULLs**t!!!!

58. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Cnour...for once, I actually agree with you....what a shocker! Yeah, wireless charging has been around for a while...but has required the device to be on some sort of charging pad. Never before have we seen a device that can charge wirelessly an inch away from the charging pad, let alone several feet. If this turns out to be true, props to Apple for changing and perfecting the wireless charging game.

42. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont like apple and iphone but if they can safely make it charge up to 15 feet away from the pad ( whitout overheating , interference with any others electronic nearby and at a good speed ) thats what i call innovation. but i highly doubt they be able to deliver..

2. dubaiboy78

Posts: 446; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wow another innovation from iphone!!!

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The REAL wireless charging is coming. The others will follow.....

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Please stop saying that. You know they've got the pitchforks ready....

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