4.7-inch ‘iPhone 8’ to Get Wireless Charging, New Sales Record Expected: KGI

Everyone’s favourite Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, has come out with a new prediction regarding the upcoming iPhone 8, and it’s a big one.

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Kuo, who has a strong track record in predictions concerning Apple and Apple devices, has stated that he believes the 2017 iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone ever to support wireless charging. According to Kuo’s note, first acquired by MacRumors, consumers will be using a similar charging setup to that of the Apple Watch.

Currently, there are a handful of Android smartphones that support wireless charging with either a plastic of metal chassis, but if Kuo is correct in his predictions, the 2017 iPhone will switch to an all-glass casing that would allow the device to charge at fast speeds with minimum frequency interference.

However, Kuo also says that Apple will likely not bundle a wireless charger into every model, instead keeping the tech for the more expensive, higher-end iPhone models. He does, however, expect the company to fully adopt the tech by 2018.

Nothing is concrete at this point, but users who purchase lower end models may end up needing to purchase a separate accessory in order to charge their iPhone wirelessly in the future.

Beyond the wireless charging feature, Kuo also predicts that the phone will come in two sizes, 4.7 and 5.5-inches. There have also been constant rumors about OLED displays, though recent reports suggest that supply chain restrictions may limit that to just the larger phone.

The analyst forecasts Apple next year could see 120-150 million iPhone sales when new models launch, beating records set by the iPhone 6, as customers continue to upgrade from older devices to the new ‘iPhone 8’.

We have a long time to go until the iPhone 8, which will likely release next fall, assuming Apple maintains its normal pattern of yearly releases.

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  • jay

    i dont think the iphone will get wireless charging anytime soon and if it will coast us 150$ for the charger. better work on things needed a better macbook pro maybe or macbook pro with wireless charging and 32GB RAM

  • Dominic

    Lol I bought last year’s edition just because I wanted the magsafe charger and not to purchase a tonne of adapters plus how is a tactile bar better than having physical buttons I don’t need to look at as well as the fact that I don’t need to be attentive in avoiding the trackpad.

  • Dany Quirion

    It will, and will have no choice this time.

  • KonstantinRD

    The images you guys use for 2017 iPhone contribute to our unrealistic expectations and will result in huge disappointment when Apple reveals slightly updated iPhone with a bigger screen 🙂 /s
    How I wish that new iPhone would look like the one on image in this article.

  • KS

    I’ll skip next year’s iPhone only because given Apple’s record, the first version of their new technology is like a beta version. They’ll better themselves the year after that.

  • Andy

    If it is the induction version (place on mat to charge), which Apple has stated in the past it didn’t want to do, then they are 5+ years behind… I’m a big Apple fan, but if iP8’s biggest feature is this and a “curved screen”… that will be pure BS and they have truly lost it as the Samsung S5/S6 had all those features 2-3 years ago… it better be wireless charging from a distance… otherwise, why bother…

  • Riddlemethis

    While true. They’ve had their issues with their non “S” lines, Apple’s record has been good, but not great. FWIW, most of the “new” features they will be implementing aren’t really new at all.

    It’s funny how some people will exhaust all their energy in their attempts to convince others that Apple “gets things right” with old tech by observing and making them work better. Apple lacks innovation and people now flock to Apple because of their name and their customer support, not because of tech or features.

    I do worry about their new screen though with the 8. It’s been mentioned long before the 7 came out. I think this rumor is true. Personally, I am on the fence whether I should sell my iPhone 7+ late summer and get the 8 or wait more year and get the iPhone 9 or whatever it will be called,

  • Riddlemethis

    Seriously, I hope Apple becomes sensible. The masses no longer want a 4.7 inch expensive phone. I hope Apple’s entry level model starts at 5 inches and their premium plus almost 6. I do find even with the 7+ it’s difficult to type with it’s tiny keyboard.

  • Riddlemethis

    The general public don’t know much about tech as you or I. Apple is now known as simply playing “catch-up” in tech. For the majority, they won’t know it’s old tech because Apple will promote their devices as the “best ever” at every event and the public just swallows it up.

  • Riddlemethis

    I bet you thought Trump wasn’t going to get elected too?

  • SOB

    If Apple’s so called playing catch up results in something like Apple Pay then I am happy with Apple’s strategy. Example – Apple Pay. Until Apple got involved mobile payments weren’t going anywhere despite Android coming out with it first.

  • jay

    oh i heard that before and nothing they do not look for anyone just what apple think it is right.