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iPhone 8 to have separate wireless charging accessory, ditch 3.5mm adapter

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One of the most persistent rumors regarding the iPhone 8 is that it will support wireless charging, finally catching up with other flagship offerings. However, a new report alleges that only one member of the upcoming series is set to get the feature.

Apple is apparently going to launch a 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and all-new 5-inch iPhone later this year. Taiwanese sources told Japanese blog Macotakara that only the model with glass on its back will get a taste of wireless charging.

It’s unclear if this means only the 5-inch iPhone will cut the cord. The report may perhaps be referring to the premium OLED iPhone 8 which is widely believed to be sporting a glass sandwich design. Macotakara’s previous assertions regarding the smaller iPhone had maintained that it would sport the same basic specs as the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

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The publication had also asserted that the 5-inch iPhone would feature vertical iSight Duo cameras instead of the standard horizontal placement seen in the iPhone 7 Plus. In any case, Apple’s wireless setup will supposedly be based on inductive charging technology and not long-range as has been predicted before.

Unfortunately, users may have to buy Apple’s wireless accessory separately. Luxshare, known for manufacturing the wireless charging tech behind the Apple Watch, could be the company behind the iPhone’s wire-free push as well.

The blog’s claims further strikes a blow for people reliant on the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone adapter bundled with the iPhone 7. Apple is apparently done with including it in the box. It seems the company thinks a year is enough for people to transition to wireless earbuds.

Finally, the report squashes rumors that Apple is going to go with USB-C to Lightning cables this year rather than the USB-A to Lightning cable it currently offers. The former will probably continue to be sold as a separate accessory.