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Only 5-Inch ‘iPhone 8’ Model Will Reportedly Have Wireless Charging, Glass Exterior

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According to a new report from Japanese blog Mac Otakara, Apple has plans to release three new iPhone models later this year. Two of the models will be the same size as the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but there will be an addition of a third 5-inch model with an OLED display and glass casing.

Citing “reliable sources” within Apple’s supply chain, the report notes states that only the 5-inch OLED model will adopt the glass casing and wireless charging capabilities. This report contradicts a recent report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who claimed that all 2017 iPhones will feature an all-glass design and wireless charging.

The report suggests the wireless charging will not be a built-in feature, but rather a separate accessory based on technology from Luxshare, which is the company that has been rumored to be a supplier of wireless charging coils for the inductive Apple Watch charger.

If the report is accurate, it would mean Apple’s next iPhones will not have the ability to charge at long-range distances, but rather contact-based inductive charging like the Apple Watch or many Android phones.

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  • Flash

    This would be a poor move, I don’t want a 5″ version, I understand having different grades of phones with different options, but the options should be available in all sizes and different price ranges.

  • OliChabot

    Aggree. The 5inch size woudl be actually perfect for me, but I don’t think making three different iPhone with different options based on size is the good idea. I already hate the fact that you have to get a 5.5” model to get the nicer cameras…

  • johnnygoodface

    Yes I agree. Honestly I don’t like my 5.5″ 6s+ – way too big for my taste, even after a year of “giving it a chance”. I would have liked to go down a notch to the 4.7″, but to get the new features of the 8 I would have to get a 5″. Oh well, at least it’s smaller than the 5.5″.

  • magneticmoose

    I wonder if the odd 5″ size may refer to the fact that the OLED version would be bezel-less – i.e. still about the same size as the 4.7″ model. I definitely agree about the feature fragmentation though.

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