Apple Supplier, Wistron, Confirms New iPhone Will Have Wireless Charging and be Waterproof

At least one of Apple’s new iPhone models coming this year will be waterproof and have wireless charging capabilities, Apple partner Wistron has officially confirmed.

According to Japanese outlet Nikkei Asian Review, waterproofing will alter the assembly process for the upcoming iPhones a little bit.

From the report:
“Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit,” Hwang told reporters after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday.”
 Unfortunately the report doesn’t indicate which device, exactly, will be getting these features. There’s a possibility that the iPhone 7s Plus is getting at least better waterproofing, and perhaps it will feature wireless charging, too. Speculation is still swirling on whether or not the iPhone 7s will get upgrades in these departments, though, but considering it’s already splash- and water-resistant, Apple will probably improve that feature with the next iteration.

In February, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium, prompting some watchers to interpret the move as an unmistakable sign that iPhone 8 would use the ubiquitous interface standard Qi (pronounced chee) that’s being widely used for wireless charging across a number of consumer electronics devices.


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