The iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus & iPhone 8 Will All Feature Wireless Charging; Apple Watch 3 Will Support LTE – Apple’s Supply Chain Reports

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Mar 28, 2017
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It’s no secret that Apple’s working on a big iPhone upgrade for this year. The iPhone 8 as it’s tentatively dubbed, will mark the iconic lineup’s tenth anniversary. The company will make a lot of upgrades this year, both overdue and new. For starters, the iPhone 8 will finally feature an OLED display. Android’s miles ahead of Apple in this area and it’s time that Cupertino caught up. Now, we’ve got some more details for the iPhone 8. Take a look below to find out more.

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While Apple products might be designed in California, it’s no secret that the company’s heavily dependent on its global supply chain. Apple’s high quality and build requirements can only be met by Eastern manufacturing patterns at adequate cost levels. Today, we’ve got information from just these sources. Analyst Christopher Roland took a trip to China recently and he’s back with the latest from Apple’s supply chain.

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Roland’s information adds a bit more detail to what’s already known for this year’s iPhones. While earlier sources speculated that only the premium iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging, now there’s new spice. Roland claims that all three iPhones for 2017 will feature wireless charging. Given that Apple’s finally started to target lower market brackets, such a move makes strategic sense. Although don’t expect the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus to be cheap smartphones either. He’s also got some information about the Apple Watch 3. Apple’s supply chain expects that LTE will make it on the device and it’ll also be compatible with AirPods.

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Even as all three iPhones are set to receive wireless charging, the feature isn’t very efficient. According to Roland, it will take 3 hours to fully charge the battery using Apple’s tech. USB Type-C will not replace lightning in this model, but the feature will make it on next year’s iPhones with a strong probability. Apple’s looking into a hybrid technology that combines both its lightning ports and Type-C. A big piece of information for the OLED iPhone is its battery. Roland believes that Apple will use a unique L-shaped battery for the device. This will give the company more room to play around with the iPhone’s internals.

Finally, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will enter mass production in June. Corroborating earlier rumors, Roland also believes that the iPhone 8 will enter production two months later, in August. There’s only so many iPhones that Apple’s supply chain can produce – even with workers often working six day shifts. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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