KGI’s Ming Chi Kuo predicts wireless charging for all three new iPhones

“A new report from KGI predicts that all new iPhone models introduced in 2017 will feature wireless charging, on both the redesigned iPhone 8 and the iterative iPhone 7 devices expected to debut in the fall,” Benjamin Mayo reports for 9to5Mac.

“KGI has mentioned the addition of wireless charging previously. Today’s report reaffirms it will be available on all three new models after some reports to the contrary, not merely limited to the premium OLED device,” Mayo reports. “However, the analyst warns there may be higher costs in production, especially with the 3D Touch sensor.”

Mayo reports, “KGI says the total cost of the 3D Touch module will rise between 30-50%, an increase that Apple may have to pass onto the consumer in the final sale price.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Now, it this true wirelsss charging, as in Energous, or is it like Samsung’s kludgey “wireless” charing (typo, and it stays) which, of course, requires a wire?

More evidence suggests Apple tie-up with true wireless charging firm Energous – December 21, 2016
Apple supplier Dialog partners with wireless charging company Energous – December 15, 2016
Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple’s next-gen iPhone to feature all-glass case for wireless charging – November 23, 2016
Two major ‘iPhone 8’ leaks reveal groundbreaking new features – November 23, 2016
Evidence suggests Apple is working on the biggest mobile game-changer since the original iPhone – November 8, 2016
Apple possibly working with Energous on extended range wireless charging for future iPhones – February 5, 2016
Apple developing cutting-edge long-range wirelessly-charged iPhones and iPads – January 29, 2016
iPhone 7 and the potential for wireless charging – January 19, 2016
Apple will drop headphone jack to make the iPhone 7 super slim, source confirms; wireless charging and waterproof, too – January 7, 2016
Apple looks to patent inductive charging system that could power an Apple Pencil or even a future kitchen appliance – January 7, 2016
Apple files 5th wireless inductive charging patent application since Late September – November 5, 2015\
Apple patent application reveals iPhone inductive charging sans extra hardware – October 8, 2015
Patent application reveals Apple working on wireless charging systems focused on rapid power delivery – August 27, 2015
Apple invents inductive charging interfaces for mobile devices – April 2, 2015
Apple ‘iPhone 7’ models likely to offer wireless charging – April 2, 2015


  1. What’s the advantage? What’s the difference to plugging a cable in or laying on a mat??? Half a second? I don’t see the advantage….The Energous method seems convenient and a step up from the wire/mat but only if it’s safe to send current wirelessly across the room.

    1. Totaly agree.. plus a pad has the added inconveniance of taking up more room, phone not properly bring placed on it or sliding off. ….And its more inconvenient to carry around than a simple plugin eire

    1. “KGI says the total cost of the 3D Touch module will rise between 30-50%, an increase that Apple may have to pass onto the consumer in the final sale price.”

      How about Apple eats their high markup on iOS device SSD/RAM to fill in the difference?

      Oh and Apple: Add more battery already!

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