KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a new note to clients, obtained by MacRumors, that all new models of iPhone introduced this year would feature wireless charging. In addition, the report cautions that production costs of iPhone 8’s enhanced 3D Touch module might rise between 30 and 50 percent.

A report yesterday by FastCo stated Apple would pass any increased production costs stemming from iPhone 8’s OLED screen and other hardware advances onto the consumer, speculating that the final sale price of iPhone 8 could pass $1,000 in US.

According to Kuo, iPhone 8’s 3D Touch module will use additional graphite sheet lamination for better thermal control in order to prevent the phone from overheating.

And why exactly would iPhone 8 overheat?

Because wireless charging inevitably boosts the internal temperature of a smartphone.

As iPhone 8 is rumored to have a glass casing—and given that glass handles heat poorer than metal (as opposed to aluminum, which is better at dissipating heat)—a heat compensation solution will be much appreciated because we don’t want 3D Touch to cause our brand spanking new iPhone 8 to malfunction due to overheating.

Here’s an excerpt from Kuo’s note:

While we don’t expect general users to notice any difference, lamination of an additional graphite sheet is needed for better thermal control and, thus, steady operation; this is because FPCB is replaced with film, which is more sensitive to temperature change of the 3D touch sensor in OLED iPhone.

iPhone 8’s enhanced 3D Touch module could be up to $5 more expensive in production.

The report adds some credence to yesterday’s claim that an OLED screen and other hardware advances would make iPhone 8 the most expensive iPhone to date.

Kuo’s report adds that iPhone 8 might offer an enhanced 3D Touch experience for users, but the analyst stopped short of providing any specifics as to what new 3D Touch features customers should expect.

In addition to the OLED-based iPhone 8, Apple is expected to update the existing iPhone 7 lineup this year with a pair of LCD-based models, a 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and a 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus. Both LCD iPhones are said to have dual cameras on the back.

Check out this video concept of iPhone 8 running iOS 11, via ConceptsiPhone.

The FastCo report also claims iPhone 8 might include a “far bigger battery.”

Another new feature of iPhone 8 could be some sort of 3D-sensing technology, possibly for use with things like facial authentication and augmented reality.

FastCo’s sources says iPhone 8 will look like a “smooth black monolith” as Jony Ive is understood to have been pushing for a seamless full-screen iPhone design with an in-screen Home/Touch ID button, the sensors and the front-facing FaceTime camera all embedded into the display.

Source: MacRumors

  • Jamessmooth

    50%!

    • askep3

      Just the 3D Touch module itself

  • askep3

    Where does it say that?

  • askep3

    Hold up so if there’s a much bigger battery and it has an OLED screen, it’s gonna last hella long

    • ck125

      “Much bigger” to apple = 100 mah lol

  • Jim Hart

    Is it possible Apple will price themselves out of the market with this? In the 1980s Apple priced the Macintosh out of the PC market, where it remained with single digit market share for years.

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps that where apple wants to take this model. Just like the apple watch edition line is for a small portion of consumers… but the extra pricing range makes it worth there time.

  • DTB Fashion EU

    Definitely not worth it, in my area the i7 already cost 799, bumping it up even higher would be blasphemy what a shame! Definitely not buying it for 1K or higher, I hope apple rethinks that decision.

  • George

    You would have to be a fool to think Apple would risk such new technology on this phone. I don’t even see that technology getting past any regulations.

    • h4nd0fg0d

      Da fah does that even mean?

    • ck125

      Wireless charging has already been in use….

      • George

        When he says real wireless he means walking into a room and your phone magically is charging. That shit def will cause cancer.

      • ck125

        Highly doubtful…. Cause cancer… lol ok

      • TomA

        HAHA

  • burge

    I can not wait, I really want this device.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    You even read the article? Eh?

  • Bugs Bunnay

    even if it’s not true it may come out eventually. why release everything at one go? I would milk the crap out of everyone. year after year after year

  • TomA

    I don’t care if it has wireless charging or not. SPEED charging is what it better have or I will finally make the switch to Android.

  • Jay

    I just hope its the real wireless charging, not the crap we have now.

  • Blip dude

    As someone else mentioned, I prefer fast charging over this so-called “wireless charging” that’s out there now. I too highly doubt Apple would implement Wi-Fi charging at this point, though of course that may convince me to actually upgrade after both the hype and prices comes down.

  • Rodney Coleman

    Yet… Samsung has that and cost as much as a iPhone 6s/7

    Makes sense..

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      Have you seen the wireless charging rumor for the next iPhone? Very different

      • Mike

        How is it different? They aren’t going to be adding the rumored real wireless charging. So basically apple is going to put a Qi wireless charger in it…

  • Benedict

    Perhaps it boosts the amount of wireless (Qi) charging points when Apple uses it. The technology is a real advantage especially for public places, inside a car or even at home on your desk or bedside, where you don’t want to fummel around with all that different cables and plugs.

    Also you can get rid of the charging port. 😉