“2017 is the year the iPhone finally gets wireless charging,” Jeff Gamet reports for The Mac Observer. “That’s the word, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says Apple plans to bring inductive charging to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models with next fall’s refresh.”

“Wireless, or inductive charging, powers a device’s battery without needing to plug in connectors. The Apple Watch uses inductive charging by supplying power to a magnetic base where the smartwatch sits when juicing up,” Gamet reports. “It’s more convenient than plugging a charging cable to the watch, and saves from wear and tear on physical connectors.”

Gamet reports, “Wireless charging won’t be the only big change for next year’s iPhone refresh. Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple will give the new models a glass body, much like it did for the iPhone 4, a redesigned form factor, and will add a new OLED display model, too.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Based on our Apple Watch experience, it’ll be a tad easier to connect your iPhone to a charger in a dark room. That’s about it. You’ll still need a wall plug and the proper charging cord.

Versus plugging in a Lightning cable, this is a bit more convenient at best and pretty much a wash as worst. True extended range wireless charging would be the real game-changer.

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