Will the iPhone 8 charge wirelessly?

Happy 10th birthday, iPhone

You may never have to plug your iPhone back in.

Apple has joined an industry group devoted to wireless charging, reinforcing existing rumors that the next iPhone will charge without wires. The Wireless Power Consortium, which includes about 200 organizations promoting a single wireless charging standard, confirmed to CNNTech that Apple joined the group last week.

iPhone rumors swirl for months before each new version is announced, and the hype surrounding the so-called ‘iPhone 8’ is particularly high: Apple (AAPL) is expected to announce a major redesign this fall to mark the smartphone’s 10th anniversary.

The company has shown an interest in eliminating cumbersome wires. The Apple Watch charges wirelessly, provided consumers spend $79 for a magnetic charging dock. And the latest MacBook now has only one USB port.

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Apple will also create another source of iPhone revenue by selling a wireless charging station separately. This feature will simplify charging for smartphone owners. Instead of plugging in the phone, users simply place it on the charging dock.

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

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

CNNMoney (Washington) Originally published February 13, 2017: 2:42 PM ET

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Edmund DeMarche

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