Apple’s next iPhone may offer wireless charging as a separate feature, report says
No, the Apple iPhone rumors are not done. You will take your iPhone rumor medicine, and like it.
Actually, you might not like this one.
In a late night Twitter message on Friday, John Gruber, an Apple-focused writer and podcaster who occasionally comes up with early info on the company’s products, delivered some new details around rumors of the iPhone offering wireless (inductive) charging.
“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),” wrote Gruber. “I’m not sure if the holdup is hardware or software. And they could catch up in next three weeks.”
The notion of an iPhone equipped with inductive charging immediately gained traction back in 2014 after Apple unveiled the Apple Watch, which features a wireless charging dock. If Gruber’s tip is accurate and that functionality isn’t built into the next iPhone at launch, we could instead see Apple offer a separate iPhone case that adds support post-release.
Of course, this is all speculation since we have no proof, but we’ll know for sure soon. Apple is expected to release the next generation of the iPhone, celebrating the device’s 10th anniversary, sometime in September.