Wireless charging is expected make its way to Apple’s iPhone lineup this fall, but the highly-expected feature might not be ready in time to launch with the next-generation handsets.
In a tweet on Friday, well-connected blogger John Gruber reiterated rumours claiming Apple will not include an inductive charger with “iPhone 8” or “iPhone 7s” and instead plans to sell the accessory as a separate item. Citing unnamed sources, Gruber notes that Apple is having issues implementing wireless charging technology.
“I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year). I’m not sure if the holdup is hardware or software. And they could catch up in next three weeks.”
As with prior iPhone debuts, Apple’s upcoming models are expected to ship with the next-generation iOS version, iOS 11, built in. Gruber’s mention of iOS 11.1 suggests wireless charging might not be ready when “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 7s” launch this fall, the key word being “might.”
Apple still has a couple months to work out any issues before the anticipated September hardware debut.