iPhone 8 leak confirms wireless charging, but reveals Apple’s expensive secrets

12:24 p.m Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 Technology

A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, named “the best Apple analyst on the planet” by CultofMac.com, reveals new details about the iPhone 8 set to launch this year.

All the new iPhone models introduced in 2017, according to the report obtained by MacRumors.com, will feature wireless charging, a feature previously rumored to be in the works.

But Kuo also revealed in the report that the wireless charging feature will produce more heat and a new graphite layer will be added to protect the 3D Touch sensor. The total cost of production for the module will rise between 30-50 percent.

What does that mean for consumers? Though Kuo doesn’t expect users to notice a difference in temperature or overheating, it could mean the new iPhone would cost more than $1,000.

According to ValueWalk.com, the new product is also rumored to feature facial recognition.

Look out for the iPhone 8, as well as iterative upgrades to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus — all expected to have glass casing and wireless charging—in 2017.

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