Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 9.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a research note that all of the new iPhones will boast wireless charging. And given the more premium features, the iPhone 8 may cost a pricey $1,000.
Kuo's latest note was first reported by MacRumors.
Recent patents filed by Apple suggest that the iPhone 8 will likely have wireless charging, but the company is probably not working with Energous (WATT) to integrate such technology, according to a report from Copperfield Research.
Energous created a wireless charging technology, WattUp, that doesn't require contact between a smartphone and a power source. For months, people have speculated that Apple is working with Energous to put the technology in its upcoming iPhone 8 model, but Copperfield contends that's not the case.
Copperfield referred to a wireless charging patent filed by Apple in 2013 in which the company described the technology used by Energous as "inefficient, complicated and hazardous." Energous uses near field magnetic resonance technology, a magnetic coil-based charging method that, according to Apple at the time, poses radiation risks.
Analysts have pointed to a 2014 filing from Energous stating that its products were undergoing Apple compliance testing, as well as comments from Energous executives that the San Jose, CA-based company is working with a "tier one" consumer partner. More bearish arguments have centered around Energous' "repeated failure" to hit revenue targets and meet commercial launch goals, as well as its continued secrecy, as reasons for why Energous isn't working with Apple, Copperfield added.
"While bulls and bears argue the merits of Energous' technology...Apple's actual wireless charging intentions have continued to crystallize," the firm said.
Instead of partnering with Energous, Copperfield says that Apple will most likely develop its own wireless charging technology in house. Apple has filed 16 patents related to inductive (or wireless) charging technology, particularly relating to the magnetic coil-based wireless charging used in Samsung (SSNLF) phones and Apple Watches.
The patents detail the design and manufacturing of coils, transmitters and receivers, Copperfield noted. In a patent filed last month, Apple mentioned that it has developed a platform that integrates inductive charging coils into a table top, allowing iPhones or iPads to be charged wirelessly anywhere on the surface.
Copperfield said the technology will likely come partly from semiconductor manufacturer Integrated Device Technology (IDTI) , which has produced inductive wireless charging chips for Samsung and the Apple Watch in the past.
"We are convinced Apple will introduce inductive charging in iPhones, but will do so on its own timeline (iPhone 8) and with its own IP," Copperfield noted.
Updated from Jan. 28 with new details.