Apple has joined the Wireless Power Consortium, the partnership behind the Qi standard for wireless charging. This is evident from the fact that the company is now listed as a member on the website. A week ago, Apple was not among the members.
The difference between the current website and the version from a week ago was noticed by 9to5 Mac. The site deduces from this that the Cupertino company has in the meantime joined the consortium, which has a total of 213 members. This makes it more likely that the next generation of iPhones can use wireless charging.
According to 9to5 Mac, previous rumors indicated that Apple wanted to wait for a technology to charge the device from a distance, but recently reports appeared that it was still about induction charging. This does not mean that it actually concerns charging via the Qi standard. For example, the company already uses the standard in its Apple Watch, but in a modified form, where no other Qi chargers can be used.
There are rumors that Apple wants to release three iPhones this year, one of which has an OLED screen. The other two models may be a 4.7″ and a 5.5″ variant. In addition, two models would have the same design as the iPhone 7. These rumours, coming from the regularly reliable Mac Otakara, mentioned that there would be no wireless charging in these two models.