Apple's iPhone price tag has a sting in the tail for suckers

Apple's iPhone price tag has a sting in the tail for suckers

Saba Mula
Settembre 17, 2017

But many analysts predicted that Apple would choose a proprietary standard rather than the widely used Qi (pronounced "chi") charging standard, like it did with its Lightning charging port.

And unlike rivals that compete on price in the lower and mid-end segments, Apple is focused on winning over richer users, meaning higher margins for each device.

Owners of the iPhone 8 series handsets will have bragging rights to the best iPhones Apple has to offer, until the flagship iPhone X - pronounced "ten" for the Roman numeral - comes out on Nov. 3.

"We welcome Apple to the world of wireless charging", said Elad Dubzinski, Powermat CEO. Instead, you lay it on a charging mat or puck, which is itself plugged into an outlet.

One of the biggest barriers to widespread adoption has been a standards war.

The pad itself is small, compact, and has a non-slip grip. All of these also work with the iPhone 8 Plus and most work with older iPhone models, except for wireless charging which is built-in to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

The compact wireless charging base features the latest in wireless technology to provide wireless charging directly to iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. It is designed to begin charging simply by placing the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X on the pad. Key selling points include wireless charging, bigger screens powered by cutting-edge OLED display technology, and advanced cameras that allow facial recognition and augmented reality. In 2006, Powermat was established to bring this vision to the market and make wireless charging accessible to consumers. This feat is possible using Apple's new USB Power Delivery specification that brings fast charging capabilities to the new phones.

What if I already have a wireless charger?

Apple's iPhone 8, which has a 4.7-inch LCD screen, starts at $699, while the iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5-inch LCD screen, starts at $799.

Yes, if it is Qi certified. In fact, nowadays only the entry-level Android phones, which sell for less than Rs 10,000, come without a high-power charger.

No. Every device that offers wireless charging also offers a standard charging cable method. But it will open up new possibilities and perhaps make life more convenient. Among the Apple charger that support fast charging in the company's new iPhones, the cheapest one is the 29W charger that will costs around Rs 5,500 in India.

Of late, Apple products have become famous - or rather the word has to be infamous - for holding back functionality.