avatarby John CallahamFebruary 13, 20170 comments

Apple has never supported wireless charging for any of its iPhones, but a new move by the company could indicate that will change with the launch of the iPhone 8 later this year. Apple recently, and quietly, joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), a group of companies that support the Qi standard for wireless charging on devices.

The WPC confirmed with Business Insider that Apple had joined the group late last week. Apple didn’t make a formal reveal of its move to join the WPC at that time but, when asked by BI after the fact, it did send this official statement:

Apple is an active member of many standards development organizations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards. We look forward to working together with the WPC and its members.

The Qi standard has been used on a large number of Android smartphones in the past few years. In 2016 it added a large number of new devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. While no current iPhones support that kind of hardware inside, third-party case makers have created wireless charging add-ons for those phones that also support the Qi standard.

With Apple’s move to join the WPC, it would seem to solidify the Qi standard as the one that the majority of smartphone device makers will use in the future. More importantly for iPhone fans, they can expect to finally see built-in wireless charging inside future versions of the smartphone, and it very likely will begin with the launch of the iPhone 8.

How do you feel about Apple joining the WPC and possibly adding wireless charging to the iPhone 8? Let us know your thoughts about this prospect in the comments!