avatarby John CallahamNovember 23, 20160 comments

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The iPhone 8 rumor mill continues to generate new content for fans of Apple’s smartphone to talk about. The latest such report claims that the next iPhone will finally include support for wirelessly charging the device when it is released in 2017.

While there are third-party products that can add support for wireless charging to current iPhones, this new report from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities claims the iPhone 8 will be able to charge its batteries natively with an inductive pad, rather than connecting the phone to a wired charger. The report also claims that not all iPhone 8 models will be bundled with such an inductive pad, suggesting that it may only be included with the higher-end versions. Kuo does says that the wireless charging hardware will be made by Pegatron, rather than Foxconn, the main hardware supplier for the iPhone.

KGI Securities has already predicted the iPhone 8 will come in three different versions in 2017, including a high-end model with a bezel-free OLED display. It will be a while before we know if the firm’s claims are accurate or off the mark.