Our hardware predictions for Apple’s rumored March event, this week on The CultCast

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New Apple hardware in March? Reports say yes, indeed.
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This week on The CultCast: It’s been five years of CultCasts! We’ll regale you with some of our favorite stories from past shows. Plus: Our hardware expectations from Apple’s rumored March event; why iPhone 8’s wireless charging will probably be lame; Apple has five teams working on next-generation charging tech; why iPhone 8’s camera could pump out industrial-grade slow motion; and Steve Jobs gets a beautiful new home on Apple’s new spaceship campus.

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Big battery could be a huge draw for iPhone 8 upgraders

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A battery boost could be a big draw for iPhone 8.
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Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty is predicting big things for iPhone 8 sales once Apple finally unveils the device this fall.

In her latest research note to clients, the Wall Street analyst predicts that the edge-to-edge OLED display and longer battery life on the iPhone 8 will accelerate upgrades from customers with iPhones that are two years old or older.

Apple has five different teams working on wireless charging

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iPhone wireless charging is likely to arrive this year.
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Apple may be likely to adopt the popular Qi standard when it brings wireless charging to this year’s iPhone, but it seems that Apple isn’t abandoning reports that it could use a proprietary alternative solution.

According to a new report, the company currently has not one or two, but five different groups inside Apple currently working to develop wireless charging technology for future iPhones.

5.8-inch iPhone 8 may get baseline storage bump

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Rival smartphones makes will be forced to use alternative display technologies.
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Apple plans to increase the amount of storage offered on its premium iPhone model in 2017, according to the latest rumor out of Asia.

Last year Apple finally killed off its measly 16GB baseline storage option with the iPhone 7. Now the company may be ready to give customers even more storage space with 64GB and 256GB.

iPhone 8’s wireless charging won’t be as good as we hoped

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iPhone 8 will have wireless charging, but it won't be special.
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If you were hoping Apple had developed a spectacular new wireless charging system for iPhone 8, you’re going to be disappointed come September.

The latest rumor claims that Apple won’t be using range charging technology developed by Energous as previously expected, but instead one of the existing solutions already found in rival smartphones like those made by Samsung.

The big changes coming to iPhone 8, this week on The CultCast

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According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
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This week on The CultCast: According to new reports, the iPhone 8 will get a huge makeover with an edge-to-edge screen, wireless charging, a huge battery and more. We’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: A 4K Apple TV is on the way; our favorite TV shows from days of yore; and the search for the perfect corn dog.

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Get wireless charging early with this iPhone 7 case

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ZENS is compatible with any Qi charging pad.
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Why wait for Apple to bring wireless charging to the iPhone when you can add it yourself?

ZENS is an iPhone 7 case that adds Qi charging capabilities, allowing it to be used with almost any wireless charging pad. It’s also slim and protective, and it comes bundled with a wireless charger for under $60.

Glass iPhone 8 redesign will only be available on larger-size models

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We hope the iPhone 8 is this beautiful.
Don't expect to get the new glass enclosure on Apple's smaller iPhones.
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Size won’t be the only thing separating Apple’s next-gen 4.7-, 5.5-, and 5.8-inch iPhones, claims a new report.

According to sources in Apple’s supply chain, the rumored glass exterior form factor will only be available on the larger of Apple’s new iPhones. The smaller sized iPhone will meanwhile continue using an aluminum-alloy chassis, while the mid-sized 5.5-inch iPhone (the current iPhone Plus size) has yet to be determined.

Our iPhone 8 mockup brings every gorgeous rumor to life

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A ceramic iPhone would look spectacular.
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It’s the iPhone’s tenth anniversary this year, which means there’s no chance Apple is going to deliver another incremental upgrade with an all too familiar design. We’re expecting big things from the so-called iPhone 8 — including a complete face-lift.

Here are our gorgeous concepts for the iPhone 8 based on everything we know so far.

Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium ahead of iPhone 8

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More evidence that wireless charging is on its way.
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Apple has been added to the Wireless Power Consortium, a group dedicated to developing and promoting mass-market adoption of the wireless charging interface standard Qi.

The addition of Apple to the group, currently consisting of 213 members, is the latest piece of evidence that the company will adopt wireless charging for this year’s iPhone refresh.