2017 iPhones Said to Include 5W USB-A Power Adapter, Wireless Charger Sold Separate

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo clarified in a note to clients, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, that Apple’s OLED-based iPhone 8 and LCD-based iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus smartphones would ship with the same old 5-Watt power adapter, like prior iPhones.

He reiterated his previous stance that iPhone 8 would include a USB-C Power Delivery chip for fast-charge capability. Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis predicted that iPhone 8 would come bundled with a 10-Watt power adapter featuring USB-C connectivity and fast-charge support.

Meanwhile, the full Kuo note also sheds some light on wireless charging and how Apple may implement it. Specifically, reiterating previous reports and rumors that the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus will all feature glass bodies and metal frames, and that each device will support the standard Wireless Power Consortium’s wireless charging functionality.

Moreover, Apple won’t be including wireless charging support as a default feature right out of the box. Customers will need to buy a corresponding accessory to have wireless charging support on whichever 2017 iPhone model they pick up:
“According to Kuo, wireless charging will be enabled through an optional accessory that will be purchased alongside the new iPhones — it won’t be a default feature available out of the box. Qi wireless charging is in line with rumors that have predicted the iPhone 8 will support inductive charging rather than a true wireless charging feature.”
Kuo said yesterday iPhone 8 would come in limited color options and feature 3D sensing for facial recognition and no Touch ID fingerprint scanning, adding that all 2017 iPhone models would have an improved stereo speaker system and come in 64 and 256GB storage options.


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