Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium adding weight to the rumours that the iPhone 8 may support wireless charging.
Apple watchers 9to5Mac were first to spot that Apple is now listed as a member of the industry group devoted to wireless power, alongside the likes of Asus, Nokia, Samsung and Sony.
Apple, which hasn't made an announcement about joining the Wireless Power Consortium, was probably hoping that its move wouldn't be spotted, as it follows months worth of rumours about the iPhone 8 being the firm's first smartphone to offer wireless charging.
However, while speculation had suggested that Apple was working on "contact-free" wireless charging that would allow an iPhone to be charged from a distance, the consortium promotes the use of a single standard for wireless charging dubbed 'Qi'.
As noted at 9to5Mac, though, Apple already uses Qi charging for the Apple Watch but uses a tweaked version of the standard that means you can't use other Qi chargers. This suggests that, if the iPhone 8 does come with wireless charging baked-in, you'll likely have to use a specific charger, and rumours claim this won't be included in the box.
Apple's move to join the Wireless Power Consortium comes just days after rumours claimed that the iPhone 8 will be the company's first smartphone to smash the $1,000 barrier.
Fast Company reported that highest-spec iPhone 8 model is "very likely" to cost more than the $969 (£919) that Apple charges for the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus.
This price increase will be due to the firm's shift to OLED screen technology, the website's source claims, with this set to cost the firm twice as much as it pays for LCD.
The iPhone 8 will also see a RAM upgrade, with the report noting that "memory is relatively expensive now due to the strong dollar," and bigger battery also will likely add to Apple's growing list of expenses.
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