Rumors that Apple’s upcoming but as yet still unannounced iPhone 8 will include some sort of wireless charging capability have been bubbling along nicely for months now, and a newly leaked part may offer some degree of confidence that maybe the rumors were true.
Originally posted to Slashleaks, a photograph appears to show what is clearly a charging coil used for wireless charging, with what appears to be a female Lightning connector attached.
At this point, assuming the part is indeed legitimate, it is unclear whether it is from an iPhone or a charging pad of some sort. Looking at the size of the part in relation to that Lightning port, we would suspect that this would be from a charging pad rather than an iPhone, but the biggest question here is whether this thing is real in the first place. On the face of it, there is plenty to suggest that it might just be so.
Checking that Lightning port out, it appears to have eight solder points where USB-C has 12 and USB 3.0 uses either four or six. In fact, the port has the correct spacing for ground connectors as well, suggesting that this is indeed a connector that is designed to accept a Lightning cable just as you would expect both new iPhones and any iPhone charging pad to use.
Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone 8 alongside iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus devices later this year, likely September, with only the first of those three likely to include a wireless charging component – that is, of course, if any at all do! It is not beyond the realms of possibility that this part was used in one of Apple’s prototypes but will never see the light of day.
The good news? We’ll know for sure in a few weeks’ time!
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