Analyst Predicts Every 2017 iPhone Model Will Have Wireless Charging

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a new note to clients, obtained by MacRumors, that all new models of iPhone introduced this year would feature wireless charging. In addition, the report cautions that production costs of iPhone 8’s enhanced 3D Touch module might rise between 30 and 50 percent.

A report yesterday by FastCo stated Apple would pass any increased production costs stemming from iPhone 8’s OLED screen and other hardware advances onto the consumer, speculating that the final sale price of iPhone 8 could pass $1,000 in US.

On top of that, Kuo also corroborates a report from yesterday that the iPhone 8 will be a bit more expensive than past iPhone models, due to parts that Apple has to use. Specifically, the analyst report indicates that with the construction of the iPhone 8, the materials and overall design, means that the wireless charging implementation means the device produces more heat.

As a result, Apple has had to make important changes, including a new graphite liner to protect the film 3D Touch sensor inside the device. The report also notes that the glass being utilized for the new iPhone 8 is less efficient than aluminum when it comes to displacing that heat, which is also contributing to a higher temperature inside the unit.

Here’s an excerpt from Kuo’s note:
While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone.
In addition to the OLED-based iPhone 8, Apple is expected to update the existing iPhone 7 lineup this year with a pair of LCD-based models, a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus. Both LCD iPhones are said to have dual cameras on the back.

Check out this video concept of iPhone 8 running iOS 11, via ConceptsiPhone.


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