Images Claim to Show Wireless Charging Pad Components Destined for the 'iPhone 8'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Images claiming to offer a glimpse of the wireless charging pad circuitry to be paired with Apple's upcoming "iPhone 8" have been shared on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo today by technology website ZEALER (via iClarified).


    The two photos show several assembled inductive charging kits in a plastic tray and a black PCB board of bare circuitry modeled on the assembled kits. As with most alleged leaks that appear on Weibo, it's extremely difficult to tell whether the images are authentic, but we're covering them here for completion.


    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed the iPhone 8 and its companion devices, the "iPhone 7s" and the "iPhone 7s Plus" will all adopt glass bodies with metal frames to facilitate WPC-standard wireless charging functionality. The WPC-standard refers to the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi wireless charging functionality built into many Android devices.

    According to Kuo, wireless charging will be enabled through an optional accessory sold alongside the new iPhones, rather than be included in the box. Separately, Apple blogger John Gruber has suggested that the accessory might not be available in September when the iPhones are expected to launch, but might ship later in the year instead alongside an iOS 11.1 software update.

    Fast Company also reported that software issues, not components, would be the reason behind a possible delay in enabling wireless charging in the phones. According to their sources, if the software isn't ready, wireless charging could be unavailable when the phone first begins shipping.

    Early rumors about the OLED "iPhone 8" and the iterative "S" cycle upgrades to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus suggested Apple was considering a long-range charging feature, but that technology is yet to mature and there are likely challenges to overcome before it's ready for inclusion in a device like the iPhone. As such, Qi wireless charging is in line with rumors that have predicted the iPhone 8 will support inductive charging rather than a true wireless charging feature.

    Article Link: Images Claim to Show Wireless Charging Pad Components Destined for the 'iPhone 8'
  2. Relentless Power, Aug 17, 2017
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    Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I like the concept Of wireless charging. But I really don't see the need for this personally. I have no need for wireless charging with a dock or charging mat. It's Not anymore convenient for me, as I much prefer using the lightning cable. And At least if it's connected to the lightning cable, I could still use it while it's charging.

    Until we see the addition of long range wireless charging, then my interest will be more Piqued.
  3. Sunny1990, Aug 17, 2017
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    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    And if it's not long range I don't really see a point in wireless charging. don't see a huge difference in placing on a charging dock vs plugging in a charger.
  4. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    Not excited about this type of wireless charging... I still need to put it at a specific spot to charge. Lightning cables are so easy to connect, I really don’t see the advantage of charging pads. With a cable it can charge while I hold an use it.

    What I would like is true contactless wireless charging.
  5. Uaaerospace2 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2017
    Either way, it's welcome news for me. The lightening cable end is tiny and hard to unplug without two hands. I fumble to plug/unplug on my nightstand, so setting the phone in a mat will be better for me.
  6. mofish macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2012
    I really could not give a monkey's about charging my phone on a mat which will be an additional cost.

    This is not new tech. I await long range wireless charging.
  7. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Why is it round? Looks like something for the Watch, not the iPhone.
  8. yanksfan114, Aug 17, 2017
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    yanksfan114 macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2011
    All wireless charging components are round. The coils needs to be wound tightly to produce energy and charge the phone.
  9. elvisimprsntr, Aug 17, 2017
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    elvisimprsntr macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2013
    "Long range wireless charging"

    LOL. Apparently you are not electrical engineers or were asleep in class.

  10. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Because it's pointless? ;)
  11. kevine macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2002
    Palo Alto, CA
    "Fast Company also reported that software issues, not components, would be the reason behind a possible delay in enabling wireless charging in the phones. According to their sources, if the software isn't ready, wireless charging could be unavailable when the phone first begins shipping."

    This just makes no sense to me. If the charging software isn't ready, how do they know the components are working properly? If they ship tens of millions of phones only to ship the hardware controlling software later, this could be a very expensive mistake if there are any problems with the hardware.

    Also, it doesn't seem reasonable that the software could take long to develop.
  12. Dydegu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
    “Stupid. If it won’t charge via solar cell while it’s in my pocket, I don’t see the point.”

    Relax, everyone. Let’s see what Apple has to say in a few weeks and make our criticisms then.
  13. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    Eh, not at all interested about inductive. I really wish Apple hadn’t had bothered. They probably felt pressured by all those making fun of them for lacking ‘wireless’. It seems a waste of internal space especially given that you have to buy it separately too. For me it’s true wireless or nothing.
  14. ValO macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2012
    Apple could adopt that wireless charging tech in the matt itself. So the charging matt could be wireless.
    It would be the answer for apple in keeping the iphone cheaper and to have more space in the iphone itself, and let people pay extra for the newest tech. While keeping volumes in check because of this new tech and low yields.
  15. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
  16. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
  17. infinitejest macrumors 6502


    May 1, 2016
    Orange County, CA
    Idk, but I actually prefer using a cable since I can at least use the phone while it's charging, which in turn is not so easy when you have to have it lay flat on a pad...
  18. NBAasDOGG macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2017
    I think this PCB is for the HomePod. A QI-charging pad only requires a small chip (controller) and copper coil to transmit the waves to the phone. I don't see any coil here!
  19. Shoju macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2014
    My first thought exactly: I can't make out the scale of these components (couldn't the leakers have put a coin or sth next to the parts?! ;) ) so they may as well be made for Apple Watch, right?
    P.S.: I know that wireless charging components need to be round.
  20. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    What? If it's INDUCTIVE ITS GARBAGE. We don't need to hear what Apple says. Apparently you don't understand what inductive charging is. Worthless.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 17, 2017 ---
    This comment makes no sense. You seemingly do not understand inductive charging.
  21. ValO macrumors 68000

    Sep 16, 2012
    Why doesn' t it make sense?
    You can shout , But , if you don' t understand something , it is smarter to ask questions.
  22. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    Not sure if these are actually the parts for the iPhone but it doesn't matter because we all know it's coming in a month and I can't wait to finally have wireless charging! :cool:
  23. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I think this would be a nifty additional feature to have... IF some sort of charging dock/mat came with the phone.

    The rumors suggest otherwise, which is a big disappointment. I don't want to have to buy an overpriced dock just to use a feature that has very little, if any, benefit.

    If it was usable out of the box, I'd probably use it regularly. Otherwise, it's just a disappointment.
  24. Infiniverse48 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2017
    So the charging mat is wireless. That's what you suggested. What does that even mean?
  25. Olganech macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2015
    Coffee shops have charging mats built into the tables so whe you are having your coffee you can charge your phone at the same time.

    That is how it works in Europe since the tech has been around for years.

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