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 endsAlso 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.
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