Apple closer to bringing wireless charging to iPhone

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Apple has reportedly placed orders for wireless charging iPhone components.
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Rumors that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will come with wireless charging just took another step forward, thanks to a report claiming the company has added a new manufacturer to its supply chain to help achieve this.

The new supplier is Taiwan-based Lite-On Semiconductor, which will reportedly be providing GPP bridge rectifier components to support wireless charging.

Although it has told the Taiwan Stock Exchange that it doesn’t comment on customers or orders, Lite-On Semiconductor has reportedly obtained half of the wireless charging component orders for the iPhone 8 — and has received a 10 percent hike in its share price accordingly.

Wireless charging is one of the big features many fans are hoping for from Apple’s tenth anniversary smartphone upgrade. A previous report claimed that Apple may draw on the wireless company Energous and chip maker Dialog for cutting-edge tech that will allow users to charge their iOS devices from across the room, rather than using the kind of charging mats employed by rivals like Samsung.

Whether that turns out to be the case or not remains to be seen, but the ability to charge iPhones from a distance of 15 feet away would certainly be an attention grabber for Apple — and help give it the kind of jaw-dropping “must have” feature Apple products have missed as of late.

What are you hoping for from Apple’s next-gen iPhone? Leave your comments below.

Source: Digitimes