We have yet another report coming in suggesting, that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will feature a new wireless charging technology which will allow the smartphone to charge without coming into physical contact with any source of power.
Existing wireless charging systems, used en-masse by Android smartphone makers, requires a charging plate on which a device is placed. Charging takes place via induction, but the inevitable limitation is that the phone cannot be used during charging because it cannot be picked up. The new truly-wireless (or long-range) technology said to be part of the iPhone 8 has no such limitations, allowing a device to be charged just by being within 20 feet of a charging outlet.
Apple has previously been said to only want to bring wireless charging to the iPhone when it can do it in a way other manufacturers cannot, and true wireless charging such as that already demonstrated by Energous would tick that particular box. Energous has delayed its own WattUp system’s release reportedly due to a ‘key strategic partnership’ which has been rumored to include Apple.
However, today’s report from Commercial Times which has been sourced by the hit-and-miss DigiTimes website, mentions the Taiwanese Lite-On Semiconductor company to have been contracted by Apple to provide certain parts for such a system to incorporate into the upcoming iPhone 8. The phone has already been rumored to come cladded with an all-glass chassis, which ticks all the right boxes for a functioning truly-wireless charging feature.
The report also specifies how the share prices of the company rallied up following this development:
Lite-On Semi has reportedly obtained half of the orders for GPP bridge rectifiers that will be used in the wireless charger for the upcoming iPhones, the report cited industry sources as saying.
Lite-On Semi’s share price on the TSE rallied by its daily 10% limit.
Wireless charging is one of the most requested features of any new smartphone these days, and the iPhone’s lack of such a feature is something that should probably have been sorted out a couple of releases ago. If Apple can be the first to market with a smartphone that no longer needs to touch anything in order to charge though, we’ll forgive all ills.
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