Will the iPhone Eight cost wirelessly?

Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

It’s possible you’ll by no means must plug in your iPhone once more.

Apple has joined an trade group dedicated to wi-fi charging, strengthening present rumors that the subsequent iPhone will cost with out a twine. The Wi-fi Energy Consortium, which is made up of some 200 organizations that promote a single wi-fi charging commonplace, confirmed to CNNTech that Apple joined the group final week.

IPhone rumors swirl months earlier than every new model is introduced, and hype across the so-called ‘iPhone 8″ is especially excessive: Apple (AAPL) is anticipated to unveil a significant redesign of the this fall to mark the 10-year anniversary of the smartphone.

The corporate has already proven curiosity in getting rid of cumbersome cords. The Apple Watch costs wirelessly, supplied shoppers spend $79 on a magnetic charging dock. And the newest MacBook now comes with just one USB port.

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Apple would additionally create one other iPhone income stream by promoting a wi-fi charging station individually. The characteristic would simplify charging for smartphone homeowners. Fairly than plugging in a single’s cellphone, a person would solely want to position it on the charging dock.

Apple stated in a press release Monday it was becoming a member of the Wi-fi Energy Consortium to contribute its concepts as wi-fi charging requirements are developed.

As for the speculated potential options of the subsequent iPhone, different rumors embrace an edge-to-edge show, a glass physique and the removing of the house button.

CNNMoney (Washington) First revealed February 13, 2017: 2:42 PM ET

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