A high-ranking executive at an Apple manufacturing partner appears to have confirmed that the forthcoming iPhone 8 will be waterproof and offer wireless charging.
Robert Hwang, CEO of Wistron, which assembles iPhones for Apple, revealed the plans during his company’s annual shareholder meeting.
He said: "Assembly process for the previous generations of [iPhones] have not changed much, though new features like waterproof and wireless charging now require some different testing, and waterproof function will alter the assembly process a bit."
While Hwang did not say which new iPhone would come with the features, it’s been widely reported that the iPhone 8 would be able to withstand being dropped in water and charge without having to be plugged in.
Recent reports have also suggested the more basic iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus may also have the same functionality.
Apple did not respond to Hwang’s comments, but is likely to be unimpressed with his willingness to divulge the plans, despite months of rumours.
The California-based company still prides itself on secrecy in the run up to major launches.
The iPhone 8 is also likely to come with a vertical dual lens camera, in–screen fingerprint scanner and bezel–free display.
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