Apple is looking to use an all–glass design for the iPhone 8, an industry insider claims, in a move that's purported to make it easier to add wireless charging technology to next-year's handset.
That’s the word from analyst Ming Chi Kuo, known for his solid supply-chain connections. He says glass will offer ‘superior performance’ compared with an all–metal smartphone.
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Although wireless charging tech has been available on selected Android phones for some years, Apple’s approach is said to be different.
A recent report from China claimed that Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is developing a special module for the iPhone 8 which could draw power from units plugged in around a home or office.
This tech, known as extended wireless charging, does not require charging plates and would mean iPhone 8 owners could potentially charge their phones constantly when they're indoors.
The long-rumoured glass construction of next year’s iPhone may also allow Apple to offer a full-screen smartphone for the first time, with no bezels.
It is widely believed that the traditional, physical home button will be removed completely and will be replaced by touch-sensitive virtual button embedded within the screen.
Apple is also reported to be readying three new iPhones, two with a standard flat screen and another with a curved display.