A new report from KGI claims that contrary to recent reports, all of Apple’s 2017 iPhone models will feature a wireless charging component, with both the tenth anniversary iPhone 8 and the iterative iPhone 7s / iPhone 7s Plus able to be charged without a cable being plugged in.
Previous reports over the past week or so had suggested that the new wireless charging feature would only be available on the highest-end iPhone to be announced this year, with the so-called iPhone 8 set to be that handset. Apple is celebrating the iPhone’s tenth anniversary this year, and the iPhone 8 is believed to be a souped up iPhone capable of celebrating that occasion.
Wireless charging was said to be one of the big selling points of that new iPhone, but according to KGI, all of this year’s releases will carry the feature.
There may also be some insight into reports that the iPhone 8 will cost upwards of $1,000 when it goes on sale alongside iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. According to KGI, the additional heat generated by a wireless charger will require the 3D Touch sensor to be better protected, with a graphite sheet set to laminate the sensor by way of that protection. This, according to KGI, will see production costs for the part skyrocket, with Apple expected to pass those additional costs on to the customer.
That additional cost will apply to all iPhone models launched this year if KGI’s wireless charging claims are accurate, but with the iPhone 8 already set to pack the highest quality technology, the addition of the new graphite sheet may be enough to push that particular handset above the $1,000 mark.
iPhone 8 concept by Thadeu Brandão
No matter how many iPhones Apple announce this year, we can now expect at least three to arrive around September time. Rumors have four models launching across different size classes, so 2017 may be the biggest year for the iPhone since 2007.
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