Is this confirmation the 2017 iPhones will finally catch up with Android?

For months, almost every piece of iPhone 8 speculation has been adamant Apple will finally introduce wireless charging with its 10th anniversary handset.

Today we may have seen some physical evidence to accompany the chatter.

A pair of images showcasing a wireless charging coil have appeared online, with the leaker claiming it is bound for the iPhone 8.

It’s difficult to assess scale, so it’s not clear whether this part would sit on the inside of the iPhone or within a charging dock.

The images from Slashleaks, are also claimed to show a female Apple Lightning charging port, but it’s difficult to see from the photo whether that’s correct.

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The eagle-eyed folks at AppleInsider seem to think it might be Lightning due to the eight solder points compared with the twelve used in USB-C gadgets.

The site also points out none of the ID numbers listed on the rear label (or the markings on the component itself) conform with current Apple products.

The markings on two chips to the right of the component have also been blurred out, so who knows?

However, we can see from the label on the rear of the component that it supports the Qi wireless standard.

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The image is the latest riddle in the iPhone wireless charging saga. Early schematics seemed to show a place for wireless charging technology within the iPhone. Later leaks have assured the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will also be fitted with the tech later this year.

In terms of design its now expected the iPhone 8 will look something like the render above (via Forbes)

The handsets are expected to be announced in September with the 7s and 7s Plus available first. The iPhone 8 is expected to arrive closer to the end of 2018.