Well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that while all three new iPhones – the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus – will support wireless inductive charging, Apple will not unveil its own charging accessory during today’s media event.
The good news is Kuo says that Apple’s new handsets will be compatible with third-party Qi charging accessories, so users will still be able to lay their new handset on a mat or other type of wireless charger to charge them.
Apple isn’t ready for the launch of its own wireless charging accessory because it has “higher requirements for wireless charger RF specifications,” according to Kuo. This means that there is currently no definite timetable for the mass production of Apple’s accessory, and it’s unclear when such a device will launch. Apple might even be waiting for certain “technological breakthroughs” before ramping up production.
Kuo’s report also mentions Apple’s iPhone production partner, Foxconn is planning on a significant ramp-up of production on its 5.5-inch LCD iPhone assembly line, increasing production of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus by as much as 70-80%. The bad news is the OLED-screened “iPhone X” will be extremely difficult to get your hands on following its release.