KGI: Apple's Own Wireless Charging Accessory Will Not Debut at Today's Event

Apple isn't prepared to debut its own first-party wireless charging accessory for the upcoming iPhones, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus are all expected to support inductive wireless charging when they are announced later today, so in the interim between the smartphones' launch and the launch of a first-party Apple wireless charging pad, users will have to purchase third-party accessories.

Apple isn't ready for the launch of its own wireless charging accessory because it has "higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications," according to Kuo. This means that there is currently no definite timetable for the mass production of Apple's accessory, and it's unclear when such a device will launch. Apple might even be waiting for certain "technological breakthroughs" before ramping up production.

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An example of a Qi wireless charging pad

Apple’s own-brand wireless charger is not expected to debut at the media event, which we believe is primarily because Apple has higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications, so there will be no definite mass production timetable prior to technological breakthroughs. However, the new iPhone models supports the WPC standard, so we think users will be able to purchase and use non-Apple WPC-compliant wireless chargers with the new iPhone models.

In the same report, Kuo said that Foxconn is planning to see a significant ramp-up in production on its 5.5-inch LCD iPhone assembly line, by as much as 70-80 percent. This falls in line with previous reports that said Apple plans to boost production and availability of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, while the OLED iPhone X will be particularly difficult to come by early on.

We're now just a few hours away from the official unveiling of the tenth-generation iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, Apple TV 4K, Apple Watch Series 3, and more, all taking place at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. MacRumors will follow all of the stories and news coming out of the event today with a live blog, articles, video recap, and more. Follow our @MacRumorsLive Twitter account ahead of time to see live tweets as Apple breaks news during the event.

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Top Rated Comments

xalea Avatar
89 months ago
If this is true it will overshadow a lot of the news/discussion about the phone itself. How do you not have a design change for three years, with the resources of Apple, and not be able to ready your own charging station? It would be really nice if this affected some kind of leadership change at Apple as this is just a symptom of a larger problem, but I doubt if that will happen.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nik Avatar
89 months ago
It continues: Last year the AirPods weren't ready. This year it is the charger. Wasn't the CEO himself a supply chain guy? ;)
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nabeel24 Avatar
89 months ago
Feels like this launch is quite disorganized.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bobob Avatar
89 months ago
Feels like this launch is quite disorganized.
That's odd - - you'd think a pixellated view cobbled together from various disconnected third-party sources would be as accurate you can get.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kabeyun Avatar
89 months ago
Feels like this launch is quite disorganized.
What's disorganized are the rumors around it. We haven't seen the launch yet.
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That's odd - - you'd think a pixellated view from various disconnected third-party sources would be as accurate you can get.
Beat me to it. Special lol.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
orbital~debris Avatar
89 months ago
Behind the scenes, launches are always chaos. I do think Apple is reaching technically lately to try and keep up with competition.
Or… they aren't willing to compromise, and respect safety more than Sam::BOOM::sung.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)