Apple is following Samsung’s footsteps once more. The iPhone maker has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) which is an industry group that develops wireless charging standard. We have seen Samsung pioneering the feature with its flagship smartphones. Now, it is the time for Apple. The company has been long-rumored to be working on a wireless charging feature for its next iPhone. The latest report on Apple’s alliance with the industry group adds more weight to rumors about the wireless charging capabilities of the upcoming iPhone 8.
On the Wireless Power Consortium website, Apple is listed as one of the members, alongside other manufacturers such as Samsung, Lenovo, and Sony. Apple appears to be a fairly new addition as there are no details in the ‘Per Category Contact Information’. If one scroll through the same section for Samsung, there are multiple categories where the company is either already using the feature or exploring the feasibility of usage.
A report on Business Insider notes that the wireless consortium oversees the charging standard called Qi, which ensures interoperability among different products and brands that support wireless charging. The currently wireless charging standard allows one to merely place the device on the compatible charging pad and it can draw power without plugging in the cord. However, the charging pad needs to be connected to the wall. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to borrow a feature from Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Although the Apple Watch is the only Apple product to make use of wireless charging capability, it still makes use of the company’s proprietary wireless charging module, which is obviously not compatible with other Qi chargers. For its iPhones, the company is known to have filed a patent for a new kind of wireless charging capability. According to the patent, the proposed ‘long-distance charging’ uses over-the-air electricity to low-power devices within a distance of one meter. However, recent reports have contradicted such an idea and suggested that Apple will go with the current industry standard of using inductive charging. Additionally, some reports have also suggested that Apple could offer an ‘optional’ module with the next iPhone that will support wireless charging.
Given the amount of secrecy each of Apple’s products is shrouded into, it is still unclear how Apple plans to take ahead its participation in the industry group. The Business Insider report quotes Apple as saying, “Apple is an active member of many standards development organizations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards. We look forward to working together with the WPC and its members.” ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus to support wireless charging: Analyst
If this is anything to go by, then the upcoming iPhone 8, which is scheduled to be unveiled sometime in September, will indeed boast wireless charging capabilities – a feature which has been long in demand by Apple fans. The iPhone 8 is said to be Apple’s anniversary edition iPhone as the iconic device completes its 10 years since the first launch in 2007. It is expected that the iPhone 8 will be one of the most expensive iPhones ever and bring back the old glass sandwich design.
Other than a radical new design, it is likely to continue with the dual rear camera setup seen in the iPhone 7 Plus. It is further expected that Apple will be announcing not one but three new iPhones this year. These will include an iPhone 7s and an iPhone 7s Plus which will be variants of last year’s iPhone 7 range.
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