KGI Securities Analyst Says iPhone 8 Will Feature All-Glass Casing for Wireless Charging

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said many times over the past few months that Apple’s Tenth Anniversary iPhone due next year will move from the current unibody aluminum industrial design to an all-glass front and back plate sandwiched between a stainless steel frame.

In his latest note issued to investors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities says that he expects all variants of the 2017 iPhone to feature an all-glass design to facilitate wireless charging. As per his sources, Pegatron is going to be the exclusive supplier of wireless chargers for Apple for next year.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple has teamed up with Energous to work on a wireless charging technology that could charge the handset from as far as 15 feet. As things stand right now, while there are multiple Android devices in the market that feature wireless charging, none of them are truly wireless since they require the phone to be in direct contact with the wireless charging pad. If Apple manages to come up with true wireless charging, it could end up having a huge hit on its hand, especially since the 2017 iPhone is already rumored to come with an all-new design and OLED display.

From Kuo’s note:
We believe one of the reasons why new iPhones will switch from metal casing to glass casing is to support wireless charging. In order to ensure a superior performance, we believe it is most appropriate for EMS suppliers to develop and make the wireless charger because then a comprehensive test can be conducted. As Hon Hai (AKA Foxconn) needs to deploy most resources to develop and produce OLED iPhone, we expect Pegatron will be the exclusive supplier of the wireless charger.
 A January report from Bloomberg said Apple was working on “cutting-edge” extended range wireless charging for 2017 iPhones and iPads that would let the devices be powered from further away than the charging mats used with current smartphones.

Source: MacRumors


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