Apple’s upcoming iPhone is expected to have wireless charging — that was missing on the iPhone 7 and all phones before it, and is something Samsung has been offering since several years now.
But KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, confirming the same, reveals what Apple might be going though to include the new feature. He says all the three variants of iPhone 8 (apparently Apple is said to be launching three of them together in different sizes and specs) will have the wireless charging capability, that will let you keep your phone on a pad and that is it — it will be charged.
To include the feature, Ming-Chi says the phone will witness increased internal heating and for that Apple would need to insulate the Touch ID and use an additional graphite sheet for lamination. Unlike the iPhone 7, the iPhone 8 is expected to do away with the physical Touch ID button and the fingerprint sensor would need to be then embedded under the new OLED display.
“While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone” Ming-Chi in quoted saying in a report by Macrumors .
Apple is heavily rumoured to launch a redesigned iPhone this year and it will be coping with several fixes so that the ‘usually-seamless’ device could also look the talk. It is using OLED displays that apart from being sharper, brighter and bendable, are costlier and sensitive; while the physical Touch ID would have to make way for more screen in the same form factor.
The company is expected to launch three variants of the iPhone 8 and there have been rumours that the phone will demand a premium upwards of $1000. Though the Touch ID lamination would barely cost about $5, as per Macrumours, but if water resistance did what it did to the iPhone 7’s price, undertaking several major changes in the design would definitely have repercussions on the price of the upcoming iPhone.