iPhone 8 release date, specs: Upcoming Apple flagship tipped to have wireless charging feature

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Apple is about to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone next year, and the Cupertino-based company is said to have big plans for its upcoming flagship, the iPhone 8. There have been many rumors about the next-generation device, but a new report appears to confirm that the 2017 iPhone will have a wireless charging feature.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, a publication known for covering the business side of electronics, an industry source said that Foxconn Technology Group is making wireless charging modules for the iPhone 8.

“But whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple’s updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on,” the source said.

It was said that the yield rate measures the number of satisfactory units in the production of a batch of components. If the yield rate of a component is low, then production of the wireless charging modules could be thought to be too unprofitable for Foxconn. The insider added that Foxconn is manufacturing modules which will be incorporated into the handsets, but it is unclear whether all iPhone 8 units will come with this new feature.

Apart from having wireless charging capabilities, the new iPhone is also said to have an OLED display panel. Apple has always used LCD panels for its iPhones, but with the big milestone ahead for the handset, it looks as though the tech giant is going all out for the iPhone 8.

Reports of a new OLED screen for the upcoming device were spurred by comments made by Sharp President Tai Jeng-wu, who also happens to be an executive at Foxconn.

“The iPhone has been evolving and now it is switching from LTPS (low-temperature poly-silicon) to OLED panels,” Tai told students (via Nikkei) at his alma mater, Tatung University, during a ceremony wherein he was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

Tai reportedly added that they do not know if Apple’s OLED iPhones will be successful, but warned that if the company doesn’t make the change, there will be “no innovation.”

The Apple smartphone is expected to be released in September 2017. Stay tuned for more news about the iPhone 8.