Lite-On Semiconductor To Provide Components For Wireless Charging In iPhone 8


The iPhone 8 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2017. While the upcoming handset from Apple is running wild in the rumor mill, a new report from Digitimes suggests that Lite-On Semiconductor will be providing Apple with wireless charging components for the iPhone 8. Lite-On Semiconductor has entered Apple's supply chain aiming to provide GPP bridge rectifiers, a component used for wireless charging. The rectifiers will be embedded in the wireless chargers for the iPhone 8. Let's see some more details on the subject.

Lite-On To provide Apple With Wireless Charging Component For iPhone 8

According to a Chinese paper, Commercial Times, the Taiwanese-based company that manufacturers descrete and analog IC components will suppy Apple with wireless charging components. The GPP bridge rectifiers are responsible to maintain efficiency in wireless power transmission and reduce heat issues.

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Lite-On Semi has reportedly obtained half of the orders for GPP bridge rectifiers that will be used in the wireless charger for the upcoming iPhones, the report cited industry sources as saying.

In addition to this, Foxconn, Apple's manufacturing partner is reportedly said to be testing the wireless charging capabilities for this year's iPhone 8. In contrast to this, recent partners like Energous suggests that Apple is most likely to use over-the-air charging technology in the upcoming smartphone.

Fast charging will allow the iPhone 8 to be charged quickly even if it is charging wirelessly. Fast wireless charging also hints that the company will also add fast wired charging on its smartphone. Right now, the iPhone 7 Plus takes about 2.5 to 3 hours to charge from 0 percent to 100 when plugged in to a 2A charger. This is almost double the amount of time that major Android handsets like OnePlus 3 and Google Pixel XL takes to charge from 0 to a 100 percent. On average they take about 1.5 hours to charge.

Possibly, there will be thermal issues associated with fast wireless charging and it will be interesting to see how Apple tackles it. OnePlus's Dash charger is the only charger on the market that quickly charges the phone without any heat related issues.

Apple has not changed the design and form factor of the iPhone since the iPhone 6 was first introduced. This year, the smartphone is anticipated to boast a radical design change. As per previous reports and rumors, the iPhone 8 will be enclosed in a glass body with edge-to-edge OLED display. Moreover, it is also expected to feature an integrated Touch ID fingerprint and a front-facing camera. There's a lot more to come so be sure to stay tuned for it.

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