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New iPhone models getting wireless charging! But is it worth it?

New iPhone models getting wireless charging! But is it worth it?
Benjamin Geskin

They're almost here, folks! Numerous reports are saying that Apple is planning to unveil the new iPhones next month on September 12. That's less than a month a way!

Everyone seems to agree that we will see three separate iPhone models in 2017 - two "s" models that will likely be just upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and a premium 10th-anniversary edition "iPhone 8" that will rock all the groundbreaking features (with the matching high price tag.)

One feature that's most likely to be included in the premium iPhone 8 is wireless charging.

But now, more evidence is indicating that wireless charging will be included in all of the new iPhones, not just the premium model.

How so? A well-respected phone accessory maker RAVPower has just announced its "first wireless charging pad" for "next-gen Apple devices."

The $50 puck-shaped charger stand is said to be coming in "Fall 2017" and it will support Qi-enabled devices for both "Apple and Android."

Qi charging

Qi (pronounced as "chee") wireless charging is already used by major smartphones from the likes of Samsung, Sony, LG, and Nokia.

With the Qi charging method, a gadget is placed on a charging mat or stand to juice up with the use of magnetic induction, instead of plugging in a charging cord directly to the device.

Qi charging is usually slower than having your phone plugged into its power adapter but RAVPower claims that this next-gen Qi pad will deliver 10 watts of voltage output - meaning it can charge your phone at the same rate as a wired iPad charger.

Right now, a regular iPhone charger can only supply 5W of power so RAVPower's charging pad can be potentially faster than that.

So how can a simple announcement be proof that all the new iPhones will have wireless charging? Well, According to Mashable, RAVPower's general manager Allen Fung sent them this statement:

“Our sources tell us the next iPhones have special technology for wireless charging that we have in this charger. Our wireless charger will wirelessly charge the next iPhones at full speed, as well as being able to charge other mobile devices wirelessly.”

Notice that Fung used the plural word "iPhones" and this suggests that more than one iPhone model this year will support wireless charging.

This is in line with numerous reports that iPhone assemblers like Wistron and Foxconn have confirmed that wireless charging and better waterproofing will make their way to the 7 Plus models.

Again, despite all the leaks and third-party confirmations, all of this still is speculative at this point and all iPhone 8 news should be taken with a grain of salt.

Hopefully, in a few weeks, we will know for sure, once the much-awaited Apple flagship phones are finally unveiled.

What do you think? Are you excited about the new iPhones' wireless charging capabilities? Drop us a comment!

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