Foxconn Testing iPhone 8 Wireless Charging Modules, Reportedly To Feature OLED Display

After reporting that there would be three versions of iPhone 8, Japanese publication Nikkei is back again, suggesting that at least one of those next-generation iPhone models will ship with an OLED display manufactured by Sharp. Expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the Apple’s iPhone range, undoubtedly bring serious design changes to the company’s smartphone, hence discussed so early.


In another report by the same publication also suggesting that Apple may be getting ready to bring wireless charging to the new iPhone with the iPhone 8 release next year. Citing industry sources as its reasoning for the current speculation, claims that Apple is currently awaiting for confirmation from its iPhone builder, Foxconn, as the company is still working to build yield raes for wireless components required to satisfactory levels.

First and foremost report points at the next iPhone with OLED display, which Apple would make the move away from its current screen technology to embrace in future iPhone models. Today, we are hearing about Apple ans Sharp working together on OLED screens for next-gen iPhone. Sharp CEO Tai Jeng-wu has “confirmed” that Apple will make the move across to organic light-emitting diode technology as part of a speech to students at Tatung University.

The Sharp CEO also went on to discuss what he believes to be Apple’s future plans for the iPhone, suggesting that his company don’t know “whether Apple’s OLED iPhones will be a hit”, and also suggesting that the Cupertino-based firm is pressured by the need to innovate, and the shift to OLED is a much needed transformation this time.

He and his company will provide Apple’s iPhones with those OLED displays, Sharp’s CEO also suggested that his firm has the ability and infrastructure to manufacture those panels in the United States if Apple required it to do so:

“We are now building a new [OLED] facility in Japan. We can make [OLED panels] in the U.S. too. If our key customer demands us to manufacture in the U.S., is it possible for us not to do so?”

If that’s the case then OLED panels from Sharp will offer brighter and sharper color contrast compared to the low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) screens that Apple currently adopts for its range of iPhones. This technology is extremely versatile, and manufacturers will have the opportunity to push the boundaries with curved or folded displays. If Apple really intend to build iPhone models with OLED tech, then it will be more interesting to see how they approach it.

Now that the second report surfaced claiming that Foxconn already started testing wireless charging feature for iPhone 8. As Apple is keen to get right into the next-generation iPhone. The report also includes the decision depending on Foxconn’s ability to ramp up production.

While Foxconn is said to be working to get wireless charging ready for at least one iPhone next year, but there’s no indication as to whether that will lead to a product that will be ready to ship during September of next year.

“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.

Wireless charging is now a new technology on the face of it, with many other smartphone makers already made available of the same feature additions for a number of years, and ths report doesn’t clarifies it anymore. If that is the fact, then Apple’s wireless technology will include the ability to charge the device from a distance, instead of having to place it on a charging pad, like it’s done currently with Qi-enabled devices.


It’s however made it clear that Foxconn has been requested to put the wheels in motion for such a thing to happen authentically. Although there does appear to be doubts as to whether Foxconn is yet ready to build new wireless charging features into every iPhone it makes just yet.

“The source adds that Foxconn is making modules that will be incorporated into the handsets, but it is unclear whether all iPhone models for release in 2017 will come with the new function.”

I don’t think so the iPhone 8 Plus be the only iPhone with wireless charging built in, for instance? We’ll have to wait to find the reality.


(source: Nikkei and 2)

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