2017 iPhones Said to Include 5W USB-A Adapter, Wireless Charger Not Included

Recently, KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published an investors note laying out his top ten predictions for the ‘iPhone 8’, as well as the other two iPhone models (7s and 7s Plus) coming out later this year. Today, the folks over at MacRumors have gotten their hands on Kuo’s full note, revealing several additional details about the upcoming iPhones.

Qi charging

The analyst believes that while the iPhone 8 will include an embedded USB-C power delivery IC for higher charging efficiency, it will continue to ship with the same 5W power adapter equipped with a USB-A port that’s included with iPhones today. A USB-A to Lightning cable will also be included as a standard accessory. 

Furthermore, Kuo predicts that the iPhone 8 and its companion devices, the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus will all adopt glass bodies with metal frames to facilitate WPC-standard wireless charging functionality.

WPC-standard refers to the Wireless Power Consortium, which supports the Qi wireless charging functionality built into many Android devices. 

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. 

Previously, it has been predicted that the iPhone 8 will ship with a wireless charger, and that it would come bundled with a 10W power adapter with a USB-C connector. 

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  • FragilityG4

    Did anyone truly believe it would actually ship with a wireless charger as opposed to them selling it separately??

  • iverge

    If Apple wants a $1000 for a phone it better include the whole kit and kaboodal!

  • Vancity guy

    So let me get this straight, apple wants premium pricing for a phone that really isn’t anything different from the s8 save for the dual camera setup and they can’t even include a fast charger? I understand no wireless but this is crap. I used to be a big apple fan but man, they have come downhill after job’s death. He would never allow that ugly hump and wound ensure it had an under screen fingerprint scanner.

  • FragilityG4

    First off these are rumours and not in anyway indicative of the final release. Second, the hump is necessary if you want thinner chassis and a more powerful camera that’s why pretty much every phone on the market has a hump. The only other work around is the tear drop shape which I don’t know how I would feel about that. Finally can we stop with this cliché that “things would be different if Jobs was around” Would it be different? Yes. Would it be better or worse? No one knows and no one will ever know. Steve has passed and he will not come back. This is not him being fired by Apple (YES he was fired once) and as much as I admired him, he was NOT immune to making mistakes.

  • Anonymoose

    If you can afford a $1000 phone, you can afford a wireless charging accessory 🙂 Just my $0.02 worth.

  • iverge

    I can afford many things doesn’t mean I should expect to be ripped off!