For several generations now, there’s been a bit of a back and forth between Samsung and Apple. Fanboys and fangirls from both camps have accused the other of copying features and functions. In the latest chapter, it sounds like support for wireless charging will finally be coming to Cupertino with the arrival of next year’s iPhone 8. And that’s not the only thing that’ll be new either.

First things first, part of the reason why we are tentatively referring to the 2017 iPhone as the iPhone 8 is that it might not be a spec bump like how we’ve seen with the S generations of iPhones. Instead, the 2017 iPhone could introduce an OLED display, as well as a glass casing that would then allow for wireless charging. The current metal back wouldn’t work, so the design would need to change.

This prediction has been put forth by famed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has foreseen changes in past generations. The report, coming to us by way of MacRumors, indicates that this glass-backed, OLED-touting iPhone will feature a 5.8-inch curved display, but only a 5.1-inch to 5.2-inch active touchscreen area. This would lend to a bezel-free design similar to what we see above, integrating the home button and Touch ID sensor.

In addition to this fancy new iPhone 8, Apple will also reportedly have regular LCD-sporting iPhone models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays, just like the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.


Remember that Samsung’s flagship smartphones have supported both QPC (Qi) and PMA (PowerMat) wireless charging standards for a couple of years now. This is in addition to several other phones, like LG-made Nexus 5 from 2013, that support wireless charging too. But implementing the tech on a glass-backed iPhone? That might finally bring wireless charging into the mainstream.

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