It sounds like most if not all of the iPhones that Apple is planning to release this year could come with wireless charging. MacRumors obtained a note from the reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who writes that Apple is developing wireless charging features for three iPhones to be released in 2017.
Kuo doesnâ€™t say exactly how Apple plans to implement wireless charging. The company already uses wireless charging for the Apple Watch, so itâ€™s very possible weâ€™ll end up seeing something similar to that â€” itâ€™s the kind of wireless charging weâ€™ve seen on Android phones for years. But Bloomberg reported last year that Apple is working on â€œcutting-edgeâ€ wireless charging tech that may be able to power devices at a distance, so thereâ€™s some possibility Apple is looking to do more.
Though he doesnâ€™t seem to touch on it in this note, Kuo has previously laid out what he expects from the three different iPhone models. All three will receive a new design, with Apple returning to a glass front and back for the phones. Two models are expected to succeed the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, maintaining the modelsâ€™ 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD displays. And the third model will be a higher end device, with a 5.8-inch curved OLED display.