In addition to its 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display, all-glass design, and improved camera, Apple’s iPhone 8 is also expected to feature wireless charging. Unfortunately, the feature may not be enabled at launch—and it may not be what people were expecting.
According to John Gruber, who has proved to be a reliable source of Apple information in the past, the iPhone 8’s inductive charging feature “might be late,” instead arriving in an iOS 11 update. The update is said to coincide with the launch of a separate accessory that will allow users to take full advantage of the iPhone 8’s wireless charging capabilities.
Apple pulled a similar move when the iPhone 7 Plus launched, introducing the dual-camera’s Portrait Mode feature in an update after the device was released.
Gruber’s wording appears to suggest the feature may only work with Apple’s inductive charging accessory, and not any other third-party accessories, though that could just be our interpretation.
Apple uses inductive charging for the Apple Watch, and you don’t have to look hard to find MFI Certified magnetic charging cables. It’s likely the iPhone will support third-party chargers, too, seeing as the device is rumored to support the QI wireless charging standard.
It’s unclear why the iPhone 8’s wireless charging feature wouldn’t be enabled at launch. After all, many of Apple’s biggest competitors have been taking advantage of similar technology for years. Perhaps Apple will put its own spin on the technology and make its arrival worth the wait.
With Gruber’s note that Apple will use inductive charging, it doesn’t appear Apple has figured out how to charge the iPhone 8 while in the proximity of certain accessories. However, with Apple’s HomePod expected at the end of this year, many people are holding out hope that will be used as a station to introduce true wireless charging to Apple’s new flagship.
Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 8 this fall alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.