iOS 11.1 Software Update Will Unlock Wireless Charging on iPhone 8
According to a reliable source: the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging but it will be enabled via a iOS 11.1 software update later on.
The iPhone 8's Wireless Charging Feature Will Be Enabled After Launch Through iOS 11.1
If there's one rumored iPhone 8 feature that crops up time and time again, it has to be wireless charging. Now, a reliable source has jumped into the scene and suggests a couple of interesting little things. First and foremost, the wireless charging accessory will be available as a separate purchase, and it won't be available in the iPhone 8 retail box. Secondly, wireless charging on the iPhone 8 will be enabled via a software update, most likely iOS 11.1. Interestingly, this wouldn't be the first time Apple would be bringing a new feature to its smartphone lineup via a software update. Last year it did so by unlocking Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus with iOS 10.1. So yes, this also (probably) means that the wireless charging accessory won't ship on time.
Here's the tweet from John Gruber on the matter.
I’ve heard that inductive charging will (a) be sold separately, and (b) might be late, waiting for iOS 11.1 (a la Portrait mode last year). https://t.co/N65dHMNQIJ
— John Gruber (@gruber) July 8, 2017
It's also rumored that the iPhone 8 will add fast charging support using the USB PD standard. But, of course, at the same time it's believed that users will have to buy those fast charging accessories separately. Out of the box users will only get the standard wall charger, nothing else.
Speaking of fast charging, the new iPads from Apple support fast charging as well. This happens only if you grab yourself Apple's 29W USB-C charger along with a Lightning to USB-C cable. It's an expensive little investment, but goes a long way if you always find yourself using the iPad a lot and hop from one place to another.
We will definitely know in the coming days and weeks what Apple has in store when it comes to wireless charging. For now, we only have rumors and murmuring in the industry to go along with. In the meantime, do tell us what you think about today's news in the comments section below.