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iPhone 8 to Feature All-Glass Casing in Order to Support Wireless Charging

Apple will switch to an all-glass casing for next year's entire iPhone lineup in order to support wireless charging, with Pegatron being the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger. That's according to the latest research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors.

According to Kuo, the transition from metal to glass casing is key if Apple is to introduce a wireless charging feature in the 2017 iPhone. While patented engineering solutions do exist for wirelessly charging devices with metal cases, issues with wireless frequency tolerances for metal alloys can limit the speed at which charging takes place. On top of that, it is widely believed that Jony Ive has wanted to introduce an iPhone that looks like a single sheet of glass for several years.

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iPhone concept image via ConceptsiPhone
We believe one of the reasons why new iPhones will switch from metal casing to glass casing is to support wireless charging. In order to ensure a superior performance, we believe it is most appropriate for EMS suppliers to develop and make the wireless charger because then a comprehensive test can be conducted. As Hon Hai needs to deploy most resources to develop and produce OLED iPhone, we expect Pegatron will be the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger.
Kuo remains uncertain whether a wireless charger will be bundled with all new iPhones, but expects at least some models to be next year, with wider availability by 2018.

Kuo last week claimed that Apple will release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch model iPhones with LCD screens as well as an all-new OLED model with a dual-lens camera. Kuo previously said Apple will launch a 5.8-inch iPhone with a curved OLED display and glass casing next year. He later said that model will have a 5.1-inch to 5.2-inch active touchscreen area. Barclays analysts said it will have a bezel-free design.

Multiple rumors have suggested Apple is set to introduce wireless charging into the "iPhone 8", despite the company downplaying the usefulness of the technology back in 2012. Last month it was reported that Hon Hai – better known as Foxconn – is testing wireless charging modules for use in the 2017 iPhone, although inclusion of the technology in the iPhone 8 was thought to be dependent on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level.

Reports that Apple was exploring extended range wireless charging for the 2017 iPhone also appeared back in January. Extended wireless charging is considered superior to existing wireless solutions because it does not require the device to be as close to a charging mat or source.

Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, which is expected to feature a major redesign with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that integrates a Touch ID sensor and front-facing camera, is expected to arrive in September 2017.



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8 weeks ago
Annnnd it will be covered with an edge-to-edge Apple Leather case with battery bump - only $199.
Rating: 17 Votes
8 weeks ago

Selling 6S? ...

All hail consumerism! All hail consumerism! All hail consumerism!

I bet Timmy is incredibly happy with customers like you :)

People have money, people spend money as they want.
If you're not a communist, don't complain about it.
If you are a communist, criticizing a single person on a forum mostly about unnecessary gadgets is a stupid way to start a revolution.
Rating: 17 Votes
8 weeks ago
My 6s is readyto be handed on! I am hoping for something futuristic looking just like the 4 when it came out was.
Rating: 14 Votes
8 weeks ago
An all-glass iPhone.

I see no issues with this one:rolleyes:
Rating: 12 Votes
8 weeks ago

My 6s is readyto be handed on! I am hoping for something futuristic looking just like the 4 when it came out was.


Selling 6S? ...

All hail consumerism! All hail consumerism! All hail consumerism!

I bet Timmy is incredibly happy with customers like you :-)
Rating: 12 Votes
8 weeks ago
Smart phones in general have got a little stale imo. I love my iPhone but nothing is blowing me away at the moment.
Rating: 12 Votes
8 weeks ago

How do you use the iPhone while charging having this wireless charge? The mat (or whatever surface) has to be plugged somewhere.

It looks like another gimmicky tech like those $300 toothbrush with bluetooth.


It is a bit gimmicky at the moment, but has its benefits - for example, some cars come with a wireless charging pad built in so all you do when you get in the car is put the phone down in the tray that contains the charging pad and it charges and connects via Bluetooth to your in car system

It also reduces the wear on the charging port as you can charge it when you're not using it by just placing it on the pad (you can always charge with a cable if you need to charge and use the phone at the same time)

For me, wireless charging isn't a must have but would definitely be a nice to have :)
Rating: 11 Votes
8 weeks ago
So glass it will be for the iPhone 8
A bit fragile, but still much healthier compared with the planned asbestos casing for the Note 8.
Rating: 10 Votes
8 weeks ago

a new wireless system would mean that you wouldn't be able to use it with the current public wireless chargers

History proved there ain't nothing that can't be solved with dongle or two!
Rating: 10 Votes
8 weeks ago
The point of wireless charging is completely lost on me. Is it that difficult to plug this thing in?? Lightning even made it so it doesn't matter which way the plug goes. Are we so incompetent or lazy that a charging mat (which has to be plugged in) is superior to plugging in a phone once a day??

You want the security of a physical plug. In a vehicle, unless you drive on level glass and never turn, you'd be forced to buy a holder. Overnight suppose you or a pet bumped your phone off the charging mat.

And how do you use it while charging? Gotta move both the charging surface and the phone. And to make a call while charging?? Lol.

Can we please leave inductive charging for our toothbrushes and stop the total war on plugs? Some plugs are just fine, and in fact better. This headlong, because-we-can, because-it-seems-cool charge into wireless land is absurd.

And while I'm ranting, please leave me a bezel. Please? Look at that photo again. See the way they have to hold that thing to see the whole screen? No thanks. Especially if it's all glass, no matter how many gorillas it's made out of.
Rating: 8 Votes

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