A fresh photo leak supposedly showing wireless charging technology designed for Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 8” was spotted on Thursday by gadget leaks site SlashLeaks.
You can check out the photo over on SlashLeaks’ website.
The module in the photo appears to show a coil designed for inductive wireless charging, as well as an Apple Lightning port on the left where a user would plug in an Apple Lighting charging cable. It’s unclear whether or not the alleged technology is designed to be included in a wireless charging dock or the iPhone itself.
The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are also said to come with wireless charging, according to Japanese news site, Nikkei.
If accurate, the leak could mean that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, which will reportedly be announced in conjunction with the predictably named iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, will have wireless charging capabilities. With that said, Apple blogger John Grubber claimed in a tweet in early July that wireless charging in Apple’s upcoming iPhones will be delayed.
SlashLeaks, which has been reliable in the past, applied a “100 percent trust score” to the leak, suggesting it feels that it’s all but confirmed that the part is destined to work with Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8. However, the blurred out text on the top and bottom of the leaked part does raise some eyebrows. It begs the question as to why the source blurred out the text if the part is legitimately designed for the iPhone 8. If the source was confident about the leak’s legitimacy, it would surely have left in as much detail as possible — though there’s always the chance the blured portion contained compromising information that could identify the source.
Still, SlashLeaks’ photo backs up the claims that the iPhone 8 could come with wireless charging, as suggested in February by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a highly reliable analyst who often breaks news on Apple.
Wireless charging is a nice feature to have, as it makes it easy to keep your phone topped up with power whenever you have a chance to lay it down on a wireless charging dock. At the time, wireless charging in other Android devices has proved to be slower compared to wired charging.
Be sure to note that any rumors about the iPhone 8, or any other unreleased product, should be considered as just that — a rumor until Apple makes it official. We expect Apple to announce its new iPhone during its annual iPhone event in September.