Apple’s iPhone 7S isn’t due until September, which means the subsequent prime-of-the-line iPhone — reportedly referred to as the iPhone 8 — isn’t imagined to arrive till 2017. However that hasn’t stopped legions of followers from fervently speculating.
It’ll reportedly launch alongside two cheaper, smaller iPhone fashions referred to as the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. Nevertheless, it’s unclear if all three fashions will truly launch in September 2017, or what the naming conventions shall be.
Right here’s what we’ve discovered thus far concerning the iPhone eight.
Battery: Wi-fi charging
Apple has lengthy been rumored to be engaged on wi-fi charging for a future model of the iPhone, and whereas Energous CEO Steve Rizzone has hinted prior to now that it has inked a cope with “one of many largest shopper digital corporations on the earth,” a brand new investors note from Copperfield Research means that quite the opposite Apple has no plans to make use of Energous’ WattUp wi-fi charging answer. What is going to it use as an alternative? Its personal self-constructed tech, apparently.
Copperfield Analysis got here to the conclusion by learning patents filed by Apple between 2013 and now, lots of which could possibly be associated to an in-home inductive charging answer — moderately than a radio wave wi-fi charging choice. Not solely that, however a patent from 2011 sees Apple calling radio charging “very inefficient” and “not sensible.” In fact, issues might have modified between at times, and the patent was filed earlier than Apple signed its cope with Energous.
The information would make sense contemplating earlier rumors — Energous has signed a cope with Dialog Semiconductor to provide hardware elements. Nevertheless, Apple is understood to even be working with an organization referred to as Lite-On Semiconductor, a deal rumored to be for the hardware behind wi-fi charging.
In different phrases, there are a selection of prospects right here — Apple could possibly be working with two hardware suppliers for wi-fi charging, or it might solely be working with Lite-On for its in-home tech.