comscore Apple could use thermoformed glass to ease wireless charging on iPhone 8: Report
News

Apple could use thermoformed glass to ease wireless charging on iPhone 8: Report

Metal body and wireless charging don’t play well together. And Apple is reportedly looking for solutions to get the feature on the next-gen iPhone.

apple-iphone7-iphone7plus-hands-on-bgr-3

Apple is widely expected to launch three new phones this year – the iPhone 7s, the iPhone 7s Plus and a special edition iPhone 8 to mark the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone. Besides refreshed design, a lot of the new features are expected on the new iPhone – one of which is support for wireless charging. Previous reports already hinted that Apple could ditch aluminum bodies and opt for a glass panel to ease wireless charging. Now, a latest report sheds more light on the material Apple will be using on its new iPhones. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends

Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal 

The iPhone 4s was the last Apple device to feature glass back, after which the company has always preferred aluminum panel. However, as metal body and wireless charging doesn’t quite play well together, Apple is reportedly moving back to glass panel chassis for the new iPhone – at least for the iPhone 8. According to Korean media, Apple is working with Chinese supplier Biel Crystal, which currently provides sapphire crystal for camera lenses and Apple Watch screen. ALSO READ: This smartphone case lets you run Android on your iPhone; offers 256GB storage, IR blaster and wireless charging Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android

The company is also supplying thermoformed glass chassis samples to Apple for the iPhone 8, ETNews reports. The report also suggests that Apple will go for a metal frame, sandwiched between front and back glass, just like Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S6 edge, the Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung calls its 3D thermoforming where the glass is placed between two molds, heated to 800 degrees, and then the cover glass gets pressed into symmetrical shapes. This could also mean that the iPhone 8 could feature a wraparound display, just like the Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S7 edge and the new deceased Galaxy Note 7. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus to support wireless charging: Analyst

We have already seen wireless charging on the Samsung flagship smartphones and some Nokia smartphones such as the Lumia 920 and Lumia 1520. However, they all need to be placed on a mat for charging, and the only thing it does away is the need of connecting the data cable to the device s charging port. Based on the leaks and reports we have come across so far, Apple may introduce long-distance wireless charging that will let you charge your smartphone from a distance of up to 15 feet. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to support wireless charging via an optional accessory: Report

The iPhone 8 is likely to drop the physical home button, and come with an all-screen display instead, similar to the Xiaomi Mi MIX and the LG G6. The smartphone is also expected to boast facial and gesture recognition, courtesy of an infrared sensor and a laser sensor placed near the selfie camera. Rumors also suggest that Apple will do away with the physical TouchID button and embed the fingerprint sensor under the display. What s more, a new Taptic engine for 3D Touch and dual-rear cameras are also expected.

Sure the iPhone 8 does sound interesting, but we will have to wait until Apple officially announces it to see how many of these rumored features finally make it to the phone.

BONUS VIDEO: Apple 2007 Keynote iPhone Launch

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: March 15, 2017 10:23 AM IST
  • Updated Date: March 15, 2017 10:23 AM IST


You Might be Interested

Apple iPhone 8

42600

iOS 11
A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M11 motion coprocessor
12 MP with OIS, ƒ/1.8 aperture

new arrivals in india

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Micromax In Note 1
Micromax In Note 1

10,999

OnePlus 8T
OnePlus 8T

42,999

Samsung Galaxy F41
Samsung Galaxy F41

15,499

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

1,29,900

Apple iPhone 12 Pro
Apple iPhone 12 Pro

1,19,900

Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini

69,900

Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPhone 12

79,900

Poco X3
Poco X3

16,999

Realme Narzo 20A
Realme Narzo 20A

8,499

Realme Narzo 20
Realme Narzo 20

10,499

Realme Narzo 20 Pro
Realme Narzo 20 Pro

13,999

Oppo F17
Oppo F17

16,990

Samsung Galaxy M51
Samsung Galaxy M51

22,999

Poco M2
Poco M2

10,999

Oppo F17 Pro
Oppo F17 Pro

22,990

Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro

19,999

Realme 7
Realme 7

14,999

Best Sellers