iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will feature wireless charging – CNET

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The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will finally offer wireless charging. 

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Wireless charging is coming to the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple said Tuesday at its big unveiling event at the company’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California.

The phones feature a new glass back that enables wireless charging. Users can simply place their phones down on the chargers in their car or at their bedside, as well as in shops and at airports — many of which are building Qi chargers that support the new Apple phones.

Apple also created its own multiple-device wireless charging mat, called AirPower, that works for the iPhone, the Apple Watch Series 3 and AirPods, the company revealed. You can place all three items on the mat at once for a quick charge. The AirPower charger comes out next year.

Apple Stores will also sell wireless chargers made by computer-accessory companies including Belkin and Mophie.

Wireless charging is a technology other companies have offered for years as part of their phones. Samsung, for instance, includes the feature in its Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 devices. 

Apple announced other products Tuesday, such as an Apple 4K TV and the Apple Watch Series 3.  

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