Apple adds fuel to iPhone 8 wireless charging rumours

Apple is now a listed member of the Wireless Power Consortium

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Apple adds fuel to iPhone 8 wireless charging rumours Apple is expected to launch three iPhones this year which are rumoured to feature some very big changes (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 14, 2017

Apple's wireless charging rumours are becoming more believable as the iPhone manufacturer is now a member of the Wireless Power Consortium.

With Apple joining the industry group it has lent further weight that the iPhone 8 may feature a wireless charging functionality, according to 9to5Mac. Furthermore, Apple is now officially listed as one of the 213 members of the Wireless Power Consortium, as 9to5Mac cited it was not present in a cached version of the page a week ago.

In a statement to Business Insider, Apple said: "Apple is an active member of many standards development organisations, as both a leader and contributor. Apple is joining the Wireless Power Consortium to be able to participate and contribute ideas to the open, collaborative development of future wireless charging standards. We look forward to working together with the WPC and its members."

The Wireless Power Consortium promotes Qi which is a wireless charging standard, and Apple already uses a tweaked version in its Apple Watch, and there is a possibility it could use a tweaked version in the next iPhone.

Apple is expected to launch three iPhones this year which are rumoured to feature some very big changes, including facial recognition, glass and stainless steel redesign, enhanced waterproofing and now of course, wireless charging.

Other members of the Wireless Power Consortium include Samsung, Nokia, Canon and Lenovo.

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