Upcoming iPhone 8 could feature wireless charging unlike anything we've seen yet

Upcoming iPhone 8 could feature wireless charging unlike anything we've seen yet
Despite the iPhone 7 only being on the market for a very short period of time, rumors about the iPhone 8 have already been flowing in at a pretty steady pace. Next year will mark the 10th year anniversary for the iPhone line, and with such a big milestone coming up, we're expecting the new iPhone to bring some of the biggest changes we've seen made to the handset in years.

The latest rumor about the iPhone 8 has to do with wireless charging, but it's unlike anything we've seen yet. Traditional wireless charging methods require you to place your phone on a wireless charging station, but Apple is apparently looking to make wireless charging truly wireless. The company is supposedly looking to implement some sort of module into the iPhone 8 that will connect to a transmitter that gets plugged into a wall outlet. This setup will then allow the iPhone 8 to charge as long as it's within 15-feet of the transmitter, and if this turns out to be true, it could easily be the best method of wireless charging that we've seen yet.


This rumor suggests that Apple is working with the company Energous on this new tech, and with Energous previously saying that they're working with a "tier 1" manufacturer in the smartphone world, this connection seems to be incredibly likely. However, if you look at "tier 1" smartphone manufacturer and aren't entirely convinced, think about this. Dialog Semiconductor, a company from which Apple accounts for around 70% of their total sales, recently invested $10 million into Energous.

It is worth noting that nothing about this has been confirmed by anyone involved yet, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't excited to possibly see this in next year's iPhone. Such a drastic change to the way we think wireless charging should work would be tremendous, and if it can work as well as we're thinking, it could be one of the standout features for the iPhone 8.

source: BGR via Pocket-lint

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45 Comments

1. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

please please, get rid of the charger port as well just like the headphone jack! I need more "courage" no more tangled chords!

21. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I call it a regular fake rumor to keep the apple stock. Period Apple never use new expensive tech, Profit above all. BTW even if exist, this would be dangerous tech.

28. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Not to mention I would want them to seriously test this to figure out if there are any health risks. I just can't imagine being near something like that would be totally fine for your body. And how long would it take to charge a device using that method?

32. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

we shall get rid of charging port!!!! no more tangled chords. no more holes in iPhone so the IP rating exceeds Samdung!, so we must buy new very necessary accesories. No more speaker grill or mic holes, speaker, earpiece & mics must be wireless as well! so we get extra slim phones yay!

2. Unordinary unregistered

Please. To name the current s**t "wireless" is a marketing gimmick.

3. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Exactly. There is no wireless charging currently available, those are just charging docks. It will be Apple that finally gets the tech done "right".

9. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Call it gimmick all you like. Ther^ Is no cord hooked to my phone so my phone is wireless while it is charging.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

There

22. Leo_MC

Posts: 6938; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It's like putting the laptop on the router to get the wifi...

24. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Lol I've used this same analogy before. I don't know why people think charging pads are better than chargers let alone call them wireless chargers.

29. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This is definitely true

27. Unordinary unregistered

You can say that again

30. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Snip that pesky wire attached to your "wireless" charger, and see what happens ;)

38. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Doean't matter. Just the fact that there's no cord attached to the phone when it's charging, is called wireless. Period.

40. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No one has ever said the pad is wireless, but the phone is.

43. AlikMalix unregistered

In that case the charging doc I had with my iPhone 3GS also had no cord, I just placed my phone on the dock and it charged - "wireless" right? How is that different from placing the phone on a pad? It takes absolutely no extra effort or time to place any phone on a charging dock as it does on a charging pad. You can't pick up your device from either one and use it while it continues to charge. And both need to be plugged in and can't be carried around the room with the phone (well there are docks that have built in batteries that you actually can carry around the room without plugging in while the phone is charging). So, NO! It's not wireless charging - just a glorified dock charger.

15. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Have you been living under a rock at the bottom of the ocean?

4. cnpthe3rd

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 01, 2009

that would not be in keeping with apple's style of taking 4-5 year old technology repackaging it and claiming to have invented some ground breaking new thing.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6938; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

This technology is older and, just like Touch ID, it would be the way Apple is implementing it into mobile devices.

5. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

if its true it will the longest charging of your life, unless it shoots mini lightning to the phone

50. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah but I'm not gonna wait for it to charge - I'll be walking around the room/house or outside using my phone as I would when it's not charging, all while my phone simply keeps charging or keeps that battery juice at 100%. You're acting like the device cannot be used while charging. The only charging method that does NOT let you use your device while charging is the "pad"charging you call "wireless". Even wired charging is more versatile.

6. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

They just want to get rid of the charging port now

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

That's going to be an extremely power hungry tech. Radio and TV transmitters require tens of thousands of watts and they don't charge your device. I honestly wouldn't feel safe with so much electrical energy in my immediate surroundings just to charge a phone.

33. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Exactly. You would get apple brain cooking...

8. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Yes, they have a solution for up to 15 feet. It's also so big they recommend mounting it in the ceiling or build it into the bezel of your TV. http://energous.com/technology/transmitters/#fullsize

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That title is clickbaity as f**k......

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

even more clickbait than that BGR source :-/

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

unlike anything we've seen yet? it must be a wireless pad with apple logo in the middle of it... innovation...

16. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1314; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Well, there was this one time this one dude named Nikola Tesla invented wireless power transfer.

17. Beijendorf unregistered

Uh... do they include the nuclear reactor that would be necessary in the package? Sure you can induce a current large enough for that, but the power requirements are insane. The utility bill alone would bankrupt a small nation.

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