The iPhone X wireless charger won’t be ready to launch alongside the new handset.
One of the most important new features on the 2017 iPhone lineup is the ability to charge the devices wirelessly. Unfortunately, Apple’s wireless accessory for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus isn’t yet ready for the public, according to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo.
As first noted by 9to5Mac, the analyst says not to expect the wireless charger anytime soon. The reason? The device hasn’t passed Apple’s stringent requirements.
How long it will take for the alleged RF requirements to be met is not clear. KGI says the company is waiting for ‘technological breakthroughs’ before being able to ramp production of the accessory. The KGI report is supported by the fact we have not seen any parts leaks of an Apple charging accessory to date.
Thankfully, there are alternatives. All three new iPhones will work with third-party accessories that use the Qi industry standard.
Even though Apple’s accessory won’t be ready when the new iPhones launch, don’t be surprised if they’re announced at anyway at today’s event. You might recall Apple AirPods were announced in September 2016 but weren’t actually released until December.
Today’s Apple event begins at 10 a.m. PDT from the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park Campus.
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