Once again, rumors call for 2017 iPhone users to shell out cash for wireless charging accessories

Once again, rumors call for 2017 iPhone users to shell out cash for wireless charging accessories
Rumors that the tenth anniversary iPhone, currently known as the Apple iPhone 8, will feature wireless charging have been around for some time. Actually, all three rumored 2017 iPhone models could be the first iOS powered handsets to offer this feature. So-called Apple expert John Gruber sent out a tweet last July indicating that the charging pads for the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus will be sold separately. 

The CEO of contract assembler Wriston, Robert Hwang, said earlier this year that wireless charging on the iPhone requires the new models to undergo different kinds of testing. It also requires Apple to use a glass back on the new phones instead of a metal one, because the latter can block the necessary magnetic signals that are required when using a wireless charger.

Images of components allegedly used with the wireless charging pad recently surfaced on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will be using the standard belonging to the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which is the group that supports the Qi wireless charging platform. Kuo says that Apple will make wireless charging for the iPhone an optional feature requiring the purchase of accessories for the phone. Gruber not only concurs, he adds that wireless charging might not be enabled for the new iPhone models until an update to iOS 11.1 is disseminated.

source: MacRumors



21. mobileRRX1

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

Is wireless charging not overrated? In my eyes it is an inefficent way to charge a phone? To much waste of energy...

15. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

I thought the plan was to be able to charge the new iPhone from about a metre from the charger, like 'true wireless charging'. Did that plan get shelved?

20. mikehunta727 unregistered

There was a lot of hooplah of it being Energous with Apple rolling out true wireless charging this year. Energous did say that a tier 1 company they been working with will have it released within the year, so everyone thought it was Apple or at least Samsung but I guess we will have to wait till next year for true wireless charging

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Wireless charging is stupid. Until this fall...

5. AxelFoley unregistered

According to Ray S., Apple's version wireless charging will be "effortless". I'm anxious to see how something that is standardized by a consortium can be any more effortless than the rest. Of course, PA also said Apple would only implement wireless charging if it was from a distance. So I'm starting think that maybe some of their articles a based completely on their fanboyism and not facts.

8. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

Maybe Apple developed some crazy magnetic technology so the phone is literally ripped from your hand and attaches to the charging pad. I find setting my Android devices on a pad or stand pretty effortless right now.

10. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Ray S. basically called anyone who disagrees with Apple on anything "backwards and selfish". Kinda tells you how much work went into that bit about wireless charging.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Ray S. basically called anyone who disagrees with Apple on anything "backwards and selfish" Yeah, he said that in this editorial:https://www.phonearena.com/news/Grumbling-about-Apples-removal-of-the-3.5mm-jack-is-selfish-and-backwards_id85272 SMH

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There is a technology created by WiPower, which Qualcomm bought, that does support charging from a distance. However the maximum range is about 3-5ft. The reason is, if you turn of the power n the source to emit stronger waves to charge from a farther distance, the electro-magnetic field is dangerous to humans and animals. Like all wireless things, distance dictates how fast it will or won't be. The tech is not ready from prime time and it has been worked on since late 200x and yet it is still on a case by case usage.

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Nice copy paste Techie.....

2. disatrousrainbow

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 24, 2015

It's odd to me they didn't pull a Samsung and support both wireless charging standards because, you know, that's a thing.

23. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Wouldn't it be pulling a Nokia since they came up with qi charging first? (2012).

1. Jacksie66 unregistered

And in 2018 apple are going to remove the screen and sell it to you separately....

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

As if all other phones that support inductive charging don't require you to buy a separate charging pad....TFOH!!!

4. nikhil23

Posts: 508; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

It's not just about the pad. It's about additional accessory which makes phone compatible. Like few manufacturers did way back then.

11. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What additional accessories? If there are additional accessories for this new iPhone outside of a charging pad, that will just mean the phone support "true" wireless charging.

16. nikhil23

Posts: 508; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Like when Samsung and LG launched wireless charging, they needed a different back cover to enable wireless charging. As we are talking about non removable back covers, chances are that users might need to purchase a case to enable wireless charging maybe? Atleast that's what rumors suggest. As a smartphone user, I don't care if I have to buy charging pad separately but I'll be and I was pissed when phone itself needed additional accessories to enable stuff

18. izim1

Posts: 1622; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Android phone support any Qi charging pad you may already have or are able to get your hands on. If it is capable of doing wireless charging then it does it out of the box. Apple is going to make people buy a specific pad to "activate" the feature. According to these reports that may or not be true. Is that really too complicated for you to comprehend?

17. izim1

Posts: 1622; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Reading comprehension isnt your strength, huh? According to this, you'll have to buy a specific apple approved charger before apple will activate the "optional feature". Thats not what android phones do... TFOH!!!

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

He's just in denial.

22. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

When I got my lumia back in 2012 I got a wireless charger for free.

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

One have to pay to play The Apple's game!

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7694; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why would Apple change their ways. Apple sticks to their lightning port to make money from all the 3rd party lightning supported accessories, adapters, and devices that use lightning. Even though USB-C is much faster, supports higher current, and has a lot more support from other OEMs. Screw the Steve Jobs convince to the users. Apple has officially embraced the Tim Cook way to make more money at the expense of convince. Just look at the MacBooks another prime example where you have no other ports but USB-C ports. You cannot even plug an iPhone into a new MacBook, unless you buy a dongle. Mo money, mo money. ;-)

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