Will the iPhone 8 charge wirelessly?

Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

You may never have to connect your iPhone again.

Apple has joined an industry group dedicated to wireless charging, bolstering existing rumors that the next iPhone will charge wirelessly. The Wireless Power Consortium, which is made up of about 200 organizations promoting a single wireless charging standard, confirmed to CNNTech that Apple joined the group last week.

iPhone rumors swirl months before each new version is announced, and the hype surrounding the so-called “iPhone 8” is especially high: apple (AAPL) is expected to unveil a major redesign of the smartphone this fall to mark the smartphone’s 10th anniversary.

The company has already shown interest in eliminating cumbersome cables. The Apple Watch charges wirelessly, as long as consumers spend $79 on a magnetic charging dock. And the latest MacBook now comes with just one USB port.

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Apple would also create another revenue stream for the iPhone by selling a separate wireless charging station. The feature would simplify charging for smartphone owners. Instead of plugging in the phone, the user would just have to place it on the charging base.

Apple said in a statement Monday that it was joining the Wireless Power Consortium to provide input as wireless charging standards are developed.

As for the speculated possible features of the next iPhone, other rumors include an edge-to-edge display, a glass body, and the removal of the home button.

CNNMoney (Washington) First published on February 13, 2017: 2:42 pm ET

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