Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on Tuesday, but Apple’s own wireless charger may not ship along the new iPhones.
A new report from Apple’s Asian supply chain indicates that Apple still needs “technological breakthroughs” before it can start mass-producing its wireless charger.
“Apple’s own-brand wireless charger is not expected to debut on Tuesday,” KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote on Tuesday in a note to investors seen by Business Insider.
“Which we believe is primarily because Apple has higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications, so there will be no definite mass production timetable prior to technological breakthroughs,” he continued.
However, you may be able to charge up the next-generation iPhone X with third-party chargers, according to the report. Apple officially joined the Wireless Power Consortium earlier this year, which defines standards so that various wireless chargers can work with each other.
For example, Samsung’s wireless chargers use WPC standards.
Kuo suggests some off-the-shelf wireless chargers may work with the new iPhones. “However, the new iPhone models supports the WPC standard, so we think users will be able to purchase and use non-Apple WPC-compliant wireless chargers with the new iPhone models,” Kuo wrote.
Another detail from Tuesday’s Apple Insight note: Foxconn and its parent company Hon Hai may end up being a big winner this cycle.
Since the high-end iPhone X with an edge-to-edge screen isn’t really in full production yet — yesterday’s report suggested factories were only making 10,000 per day — Apple supplier Hon Hai will make iPhone 8 Plus units until iPhone X production ramps up in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The increased orders are coming at Apple supplier Winston’s expense, according to the report.
Apple will reveal lots of new products on Tuesday, including the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus — you can live stream the event here. Business Insider will cover all the news as it happens.
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