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iPhone 8’s wireless charging feature may be slightly delayed

iPhone 8 Rumors

If the latest rumblings from the rumor mill are accurate, it looks like we might have to wait a bit in order to take advantage of one of the iPhone 8’s more intriguing new features. According to a tweet published by John Gruber over the weekend, the iPhone 8’s wireless charging accessory may not be readily available when the iPhone 8 launches later this year.

Similar to how support for Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus came about one month after the iPhone 7 release, Gruber relays that Apple’s newfangled wireless charging accessory might also be subject to a slight delay.

Gruber’s tweet reads:

While some may have initially and naively assumed that wireless charging would be an iPhone 8 feature supported right out of the box, more recent reports indicate that wireless charging will only be possible with a standalone accessory sold separately.

Apple of course hasn’t confirmed that wireless charging is on the horizon, but a recently unearthed sound file in iOS 11 called “engage_power.caf” strongly suggests that’s in the works. In case you missed it the first time, here’s what it sounds like.

On a related note, early rumors surrounding wireless charging and the iPhone 8 pointed to a long-range charging solution. Apple’s implementation, however, will likely be much less ambitious. According to Cown and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri, the iPhone 8 will support the Qi wireless charging protocol which requires contact between a device and a charging pad.

Incidentally, a recent research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that all three devices in Apple’s 2017 iPhone lineup — the iPhone 7, iPhone 7s and the iPhone 8 — will support wireless charging.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.