Apple promises to feature various new technologies with its upcoming iPhone 8 model. One of these will be wireless charging. Wireless charging of these phones is expected to be functional only with the chargers made for Apple products, under the program MfI (Made for iPhone).
Putting a Technological Wall between Apple and Industry Standards Employs Greater Profit to Apple
Earlier this year, Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium. Due to this event numerous customers expected that the company will accept standard Qi charging protocol, which will let chargers made by other companies to charge the iPhones. However, reports from Macotakara suggested that instead of standard 15 watts charging, Apple will employ charging with just 7.5 watts. The third party manufacturers will need license through the MfI program to manufacture and sell these chargers.
This wireless charging upgrade will be in motion with the iOS 11 software upgrade. With this software upgrade, these phones will be able to refuse the charge coming from any of unauthorized or unlicensed charging equipment. This means that the current chargers available in the market will not be able to charge iPhones, even though they are manufactured with the market standards. Apple has decided to separate itself from the technology of the world by putting a wall of inductive power licensed by Apple. As always, Apple has decided to earn maximum profit for itself, instead of working for greater good of following a single standard. This promotion of connected devices allows Apple to secure its market share and remain one of the prominent technology provider.
With the anticipation that the next iPhone will be a major success, the stocks of Apple Inc. rose a whole percent on Tuesday to close at US$153.99 in New York. This upsurge pushed Apple’s capitalization to about US$803 billion, making it the U.S. Company to achieve the mark. Apple’s shares have earned 33 percent this year alone, gaining from a buyback program introduced by CEO Tim Cook, for which the total was extended to US$210 billion last week, up from US$175 billion by the end of 2016.
Three New iPhones in 2017 to Mark 10-year Anniversary of the First
Apple has announced three top-of-the-line iPhone 8 handsets in 2017, which are keenly awaited by the enthusiast, who are expecting several new features after modest upgrades offers by iPhone 7. 2017 also marks a decade of iPhones, and Apple has promised a new type of screen, stainless steel body, curved glass, and best-of-its-kind camera.
Apple Watch, iCloud, and Airpod Higher Margin Services
Though iPhone continues to constitute the maximum share of revenue for the company, stiff competition is coming from other vendors including Samsung, Google, and other regional players, and the sales have dropped significantly. On the other hand, Apple Watch, iCloud, and Airpod wireless headphones have been detected as higher margin services by Tim Cook, who has sought to diversify the Cupertino, a California-based company, away from smartphones.
Apart from the growing popularity of latest technology and innovative products, Apple’s escalation is also a reflection of a relative decline of the oil industry in the recent past.
While Andy Hargreaves form Pacific Crest Securities said earlier this week that Apple may ditch the fingerprint reader completely on account of the difficulty in supply chain headwinds, judging by the recently leaked schematic picture of iPhone 8, Apple is likely to place the fingerprint reader at the back of the phone instead. Apparently Apple has taken many efforts to find a way to embed the fingerprint reader into Samsung’s OLED displays.
Camera Module may have Augmented Reality Functions in New iPhone 8
The camera module too seems to have been modified, with added AR (Augmented Reality) functions. The phone seems to have dual camera module and may sit vertically on the back of the phone. Although not sure about Apple’s plans for AR, it is expected that the camera will require new sensors. The leaked schematic photo of the iPhone 8 has been published by Sonny Dickson, a blogger who has been known to publish accurate details about previous iPhones in the past.
Arrival of iPhone 8 could be Delayed
According to Hargreaves, the arrival of iPhone 8 could be delayed but customers can expect two new iPhones. However, these two new iPhones may not have some of the more advanced features of the iPhone 8. The delay in the arrival of the phone is likely due to an issue with a key piece of technology, which Apple and its manufacturing partners are struggling to resolve. Hence, Apple could either delay the arrival of the phone or ditch the tech issue.