The Wireless Power Consortium has a new member, Apple. This news might all but confirm that the company’s next iPhone will boast wireless charging. The consortium serves as the governing body behind the Qi charging standard.
Apple’s membership in the Wireless Power Consortium was added in the last week, according to 9to5Mac.
With Apple included, there are now 213 members of the consortium. This includes the biggest names in mobile technology, including Samsung, LG, and HTC. To date, the Qi wireless charging standard is already being used on many smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy line.
Rumors have long indicated that Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 8” would feature some sort of wireless charging. Just last week, a new rumor suggested that all 2017 iPhone models would use the technology.
Apple’s expected to announce four new iPhones this year. The iPhone 8 or “iPhone X” could feature a 5.8-inch OLED display with a new design. The company is also expected to release next-generation versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These versions should retain the iPhone design first launched on the iPhone 6 in 2014. A new 5-inch iPhone could also be announced.
For the latest information on this year’s iPhones, be sure to take a look at our updated roundup.