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Wireless charging on the iPhone 8 could cost you

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We're still a long way from September, which is when new iPhones are traditionally unveiled, but the rumors keep coming thick and fast. The latest speculation adds a new twist to a feature that's been talked about before (opens in new tab): wireless charging.

According to a new report from Macotakara (opens in new tab), citing sources inside Apple's Asian operations, wireless charging is only going to appear on the most expensive iPhone 8, and you're going to need to buy a separate adapter on top of the cost of the phone.

That contradicts what other analysts have said (opens in new tab) - that all three 2017 iPhones will come with wireless charging. Based on the anonymous tipsters speaking to Macotakara, you'll need to fork out for the most expensive iPhone and then purchase another adapter if you want to charge your Apple smartphone without wires.

An Apple rumor a day

There are a few other nuggets of information to be had from the Macotakara report. Apparently the new phones won't come with a 3.5mm-to-Lightning port adapter, as the iPhone 7 (opens in new tab) and iPhone 7 Plus (opens in new tab) did, so you're going to have to think seriously about upgrading your wired headphones.

The new article also floats the idea of a 5-inch iPhone being added to the line-up this year, and again that's something we've heard before (opens in new tab). Several sources have now indicated that there are going to be three iPhones to pick from in 2017, with one possibly being a 'special edition' release to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the device's launch.

Of course it's still early days for the next generation of iPhones (opens in new tab) and we've got another eight months to wait before Apple shows us what it's working on. If you're holding out for wireless charging though, you might want to start saving up.

Via 9to5Mac (opens in new tab)

Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.