As September draws closer, news about the much anticipated iPhone 8 is getting heavier. The 10th anniversary iPhone has been subjected to a multitude of rumors and leaks in the past few months; now, some solid confirmations are heading our way as well. The iPhone 8 was already expected to feature wireless charging and waterproof function but today, CEO of an Apple manufacturer, Wistron has confirmed it.
We’ve talked about the iPhone 8 a lot before: blueprint images of the design, TouchID sensor incorporated within the OLED display, and even unofficial release dates. While most of the information we’ve had is largely a big question mark, a report by Nikkei Asian Review said that Wistron CEO Robert Hwang has confirmed the iPhone 8 to have support for wireless charging and a waterproof body. According to the report, Hwang says, “Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit.”
This was more or less expected from Apple as the latest iPhone always does bring with it enhanced, modern features. We’re still not sure whether the wireless charging will be based on Qi wireless charging technology and standard or a new type of long-range charging. Rumors have supported the latter theory and if iPhone 8 does in fact feature long distance wireless charging, it will be the first smartphone of its kind to do so.
An Apple Insider back in April hinted the iPhone 8 might be able to get charged through a Wi-Fi router. According to the report in April: “Apple’s patent application for ‘Wireless Charging and Communications Systems With Dual-Frequency Patch Antennas’ is a method for transferring power to electronic devices over frequencies normally dedicated to data communications.” The patch antennas mentioned in the report might serve to provide long distance wireless transmission.
In other news, Robert Hwang CEO Wistron emphasized on how the company is planning to expand its business in India. The Wistron facility based in India has starting producing the iPhone SE and although the facility is producing only a limited quantity of devices, Hwang has high hopes for its smartphone market to flourish by next year. Talking to the reporters, Robert Hwang was quoted to have said: “We are being very aggressive in expanding our presence in India in addition to smartphone business.”
The iPhone 8 is rumored to unveil at the Keynote on September 17th, tipped by an Apple expert. The new Apple phone will feature an edge-to-edge bezel-less OLED display (18.5:9 aspect ratio) with the fingerprint scanner embedded within the screen. The iPhone 8 will also pack a vertically placed dual camera setup at the back with dual LED flash lights. According to a sketch shared on Twitter, the iPhone 8 will measure 143.4 x 70.777 x 7.51 mm in dimensions.
Other specs regarding the phone are still a mystery but we might get to hear more about it as the launch date draws closer.