4.7-Inch iPhone to Feature Wireless Charging Next Year

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone will feature glass casing with wireless charging, according to the latest research note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors.
    Kuo previously said all new iPhones are "likely" to support wireless charging next year, so 5.5-inch and all-new OLED models will likely gain the feature as well in addition to the now-confirmed 4.7-inch model.

    Kuo believes Apple will switch to glass casing for next year's entire iPhone lineup in order to support wireless charging, with Pegatron being the exclusive supplier of the new 4.7-inch iPhone and a wireless charger expected to be included with at least some models. The wireless charger will allegedly have wider availability by 2018.

    The new 4.7-inch iPhone and an OLED model featuring a "completely all-new-design form factor and notably superior specs" are predicted to drive "potentially unprecedented replacement demand" from smartphone users. Kuo forecasts Apple could sell 120-150 million new iPhones in the back half of 2017, topping an iPhone 6 sales record.
    Apple will presumably announce its next-generation iPhone lineup in September 2017.

    Article Link: 4.7-Inch iPhone to Feature Wireless Charging Next Year
  2. yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    I'm too excited for the next iPhone to be this far from release
  3. TheHorrorNerd macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2015
    Apple going round 3 with the IPhone 6 kind of does that to you
  4. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    So the Plus users have to wait for 2018 iPhone 8S for wireless charging capabilities? :(
  5. Luap macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2004
    But is it thinner, and does it only have ports that you can't connect to anything without a multitude of (not included) adaptors?
  6. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    Hopefully this will be long range wireless charging and not need a puck or dock.
  7. Alenore macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2013
    So there will be about 10 available on release day
  8. pentidoes macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2011
    Europe (what's left of it)
    I'm out. My Apple hype is done for. While I do believe that an all-glass phone does make sense. I'm just too frustrated with Apple right now to care anymore.

    Good luck, I'm sure it will be nice. Let's just wait what they continue to do wrong in software development (GUI??? Stability anyone?), in lack of pros (there used to be a Mac Pro) and customer support (amazon is way better now, than Apple is, Apple has become frustrating with its computerized standard replies that do not make sense and with customer support that does not even comprehend what I'm saying and that is not for lack of language capabilities but of technical and customer-oriented understanding.)

    Again: good luck.
  9. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I'm really looking forward to the iPhone 7S
    I'll take mine in gloss black
    --- Post Merged, Nov 29, 2016 ---
    2018 will be for the iPhone 8.. iPhone 8S will be in 2019
  10. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    While Apple is studying the idea of wireless charging, the fact wireless charge phones tend to be fairly thick and the issues raised by the Samsung Galaxy 7 debacle could force Apple to kibosh that idea.
  11. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    Thats okay as 4.7 inch owners will have to wait the same year for the camera improvements only the Plus gets #fragmentation
  12. johngordon macrumors 68000

    Apr 19, 2004
    Wireless charging where you put the phone on a mat, rather than on a dock.... don't really see the benefit.

    But if wireless charging can work where you have a few things plugged in around the house so that the phone isn't losing its charge while you're using it, without it needing to be placed somewhere.... potentially brilliant.
  13. Oblivious.Robot, Nov 29, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2016

    Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    So it's either wireless charging or top of the line specs with oled screen?

    Much choices,
    Such decisions..

    Oh the fragmentation. :confused:

    Edit -
    [ They updated the article, and that's good to have same features in both/all iPhones ]
  14. Marx55 macrumors 68000

    Jan 1, 2005
    Wireless whatever is a waste of energy and Earth aggression and should be avoided whenever possible.
  15. Larry The L Suspended

    Jun 9, 2016
    From what I hear, it will be more like 2020.
  16. BruceEBonus macrumors 65816


    Sep 23, 2007
    Derbyshire, England
    Induction Wireless Charging now thats a new thing? And would explain why everybody is overreacting, right? Oh. It's not? Well what's all the fuss? Oh. Glass case. Now that's definitely new surely? Ok. OLED screens on mobiles a first? Yeah. It's the OLED screen. Surely!
  17. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    There's nothing in your quote that is remotely factual. Wireless charging phones aren't fairly thick and afaik there hasn't been a Galaxy 7 debacle. Not sure if your wording was intentional or not. The Note dumpster fire is not a Galaxy 7 debacle since the 7 entails the S, Edge, and the Note. Yes, I'm being pedantic.

    On topic: wireless charging is convenient but not the be all/end all of features. I lay my phone on the charger without looking for a plug. It saves me 3 seconds. Meh.
  18. Ritmo macrumors member


    Mar 27, 2009
    Wireless charging. 0 ports. Good luck keeping devs on your platform!
  19. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    When there is so much new going into the 2017 iPhone I have to wonder how many hardware bugs (aka 'Gate') will come out. Something this new is worth a pass. I'll wait for the 2018 model.
  20. Shlooky macrumors regular

    May 31, 2012
    Earth aggression??
  21. MentalFloss macrumors 65816


    Mar 14, 2012
    I think the new thing will not be the wireless charging, the OLED or the glass, but the fact that it will be a seamless, buttonless design without any holes/outlets whatsoever. One single block of glass.

    So in usual Apple fashion, it will not be a single new technology, but putting various state of the art technologies together in a new way that will make it special.
  22. Dormammu macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2013
    A mysterious location in the middle of nowhere
    Yes me as well. It'll be interesting to see how this unfolds between now and next September.
  23. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Hey, it's fair, the 4.7 users had to wait two years for OIS. Oh, the fragmentation...
  24. jmh600cbr macrumors 6502a


    Feb 14, 2012
    i interpreted this differently. i see it as him confirming the the 4.7 will also have it.
  25. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    I understand the importance of this tech for waterproofing devices, though It would scare me to think we could eventually have an iPhone with zero ports because everything is wireless. It makes sense on the watch, however, I am not interested in wireless charging of the phone itself.

    Technology that radiates energy throughout the room to charge a phone. No thanks... o_O

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