An online report has claimed that Apple will be including wireless charging into its upcoming iPhone 8. However, the wireless charging may not be the fast-charge system that people are used to.
According to sources, the iPhone 8 will be using the Qi standard for wireless charging the battery. However, Apple will not be using the Qi 1.2 standard which features the 15 Watt fast charging function. Instead, Apple has opted to stick with the Qi Standard Power Profile, which only supports a maximum output of 7.5 watts (5V/1.5A).
Additionally, Apple may be using their MFi chip to only enable wireless charging on Apple ‘certified’ wireless charging, so your third-party Qi charger may be out of luck.
Depending on the final battery capacity of the iPhone 8, this news may be bad as users will not be able to just drop and charge their phone with any charger out there, like the one from IKEA. Plus, the slower charging output means larger batteries will take longer to fully charge.
Of course, nothing is confirmed until the Apple iPhone 8 is officially launched, which is expected to be on 12 September. We expect accessory announcements will be made at the same launch event.