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February 13th, 2017 at 1:15 PM
iPhone 8 Rumors

With reports that Apple has plans to begin mass production of the iPhone 8 a little bit earlier than usual, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see a noticeable uptick in the number of iPhone rumors coming through the pipeline. The most recent update via Macotakara may shed some new light on Apple’s plans to incorporate wireless charging on its next-gen iPhone, one of the device’s long-rumored flagship features.

Citing “reliable” sources within Apple’s supply chain, the report claims that of Apple’s three rumored iPhone 8 models, only the flagship device — the one featuring the edgeless OLED display — will come equipped with wireless charging. The downside is that wireless charging will reportedly not be a feature users can take advantage of right of the box. Instead, wireless charging will reportedly require the purchase of an additional accessory.

Also of note is that the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter Apple included inside of every iPhone 7 box will now be an accessory users must purchase separately. While such a move would have sparked endless outrage with the iPhone 7, we now know — with the benefit of hindsight — that Apple’s removal of the venerable 3.5mm headphone jack was hardly the controversial design change that many anticipated it would be.

The report further adds that the iPhone 8 will not ship with a Lightning to USB-C adapter, a curious though not altogether surprising move given that Apple’s Mac line seems to be slowly transitioning to a predominantly USB-C existence.

Having said all that, there’s no getting around the fact that the real flagship feature of the iPhone 8 will be its completely revamped form factor. According to a number of credible reports, the iPhone 8 will feature an edge to edge OLED screen with important sensors like TouchID reportedly embedded into the display itself. There have even been rumblings that the iPhone 8 will incorporate a curved display with specialized sensors on the sides.

Of course, all of these compelling features won’t come cheap. Per a report that surfaced last week, the iPhone 8 will have a steep price-tag of $1000, a startling figure given that the ASP for the iPhone set a new all-time record of $695 last quarter. Still, with demand for the margin-friendly iPhone 7 Plus exceeding even Apple’s own internal projections, there’s no doubt that Apple consumers, as a general rule, are more than happy to pay a premium price for premium features, or in this case, a compelling and arguably long overdue new form factor.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.

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