iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tests Are Underway | Tech | Geek.com

It says a lot that the biggest talking point surrounding the release of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was the lack of a headphone jack. There wasn’t that much else to talk about beyond the two cameras included on the back of the 7 Plus. So it’s expected that the iPhone 8 will bring with it some major upgrades to grab our attention and getting us buying iPhones again.

One of those upgrades is thought to be a shift to using an OLED panel for the display of both models, but now there’s another big change being rumored. Apple wants the iPhone 8 to use wireless charging.

iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tests Are Underway | Tech | Geek.com

Foxconn is apparently carrying out testing on wireless charging modules right now in an attempt to hit an acceptable yield rate. The yield rate is how many fully working modules are produced per batch. Too low and production becomes too expensive to make it viable, but you also have to consider that the iPhone 8 won’t arrive until September 2017 meaning Foxconn has plenty of time to get the yield rate where it needs to be.

Wireless charging is a convenience feature. Not having to plug your smartphone in every time it needs some juice is welcome, however, it does require extra components be squeezed inside that every thinning iPhone case. Apple must really believe wireless charging is highly desirable to consider its inclusion.

iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tests Are Underway | Tech | Geek.com

Apple may also be thinking to the future, though. The removal of the headphone jack was met with a lot of anger and frustration, but that seems to be subsiding and sales continue. So why not also think about removing the Lightning port?

With wireless charging in place and wireless audio well supported, removing the last port on the iPhone becomes viable. It won’t happen on the iPhone 8, but it must be a question Apple is asking internally.

iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Tests Are Underway | Tech | Geek.com

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