Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is making wireless charging modules to go with the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, which is planned to be released in 2017, according to Nikkei.
The source says Foxconn is making modules that will be incorporated into the handsets, but it’s unclear what iPhone models for release in 2017 will have the new feature.
“But whether the feature can eventually make it into Apple’s updated devices will depend on whether Foxconn can boost the yield rate to a satisfactory level later on,” the source said.
The Nikkei Asian Review also reported that Apple plans to replace the iPhone current metal casing with a glass back and metal frame for it new handset models next year.
The new handset will sport a 5.5-inch curved organic light-emitting screen, while the additional two models will have a flat poly-silicon display, said the Nikkei Asian Review.
Tai Jeng-wi, president of Sharp Corp, an iPhone panel supplier, said on Saturday that future iPhones could feature OLED display, though he did not say when Apple would make the change.
Wireless charging capabilities is part of Apple’s ongoing efforts to change the iPhone design and boost sales during the 10th anniversary. For now, the new model has been called the iPhone 8, which Apple may decide to rename before its launch.