As further evidence of the company’s wireless charging endeavors, this month, the Apple quietly joined the Wireless Power Consortium, a group of 200 companies and organizations that are fostering the development and standardization of Qi, a wireless charging solution. Other members of the WPC include Samsung, Qualcomm, Dell, LG, HTC, Sony, Huawei and Canon.
But while evidence is mounting that the iPhone 8 will feature some kind of wireless charging system, at this point, we have no idea which direction Apple will take with it. For example, Cupertino has been rumored to be working in conjunction with Energous on its long-range wireless charging system — adding fuel to the rumors that this year’s iPhone will feature a similar tech.
On the other end of the spectrum, the WPC’s Qi system — which is already a standard among many tech companies — relies on inductive charging. Apple has already used a modified version of Qi for the Apple Watch charger. The company’s recent addition to the WPC’s member list might suggest that it’s ready to adopt the standard in its next flagship — rather than use a long-range charging solution.