Last updated on November 16th, 2017 at 04:50 pmStarting with this year Apple has also adopted the wireless charging technology and made it available to its 2017 flagships. The iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have all been designed with a glass back that is ready to absorb power from a wireless charging pad. However, when the feature premiered in September the above mentioned devices were able to charge without a wire only at the rate of 5 watts, which is a a slow wireless charging speed.
iOS 11.2 bumps the iPhone’s wireless charging capacity to 7.5 watts, as long as you use a Qi compatible wireless charging accessory. Although the new standard is still far away from the maximum wireless charging speed of 15 watts, supported by the Qi 1.2 wireless charging standard, it’s still a welcomed upgrade, that allows the iPhone X, 8 & 8 Plus models to charge without a wire faster, than the standard 5W wired power adapter.
Accessories: To be able to wirelessly charge your iPhone at the rate of 7.5W you obviously need a charging pad that’s able to provide this speed. Apple recommends two compatible accessories:
– Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad priced at $59.95 which works even with a 0.3mm case
– Mophie Wireless Charging Base which retails for the same $59.95 and also supports high-speed wireless charging.
Nevertheless, the fastest way to charge your iPhone X, iPhone and iPhone 8 Plus flagships is achieved, without a doubt, with the help of the new iOS fast charging feature, that allows users to use a 29W wired power adapter to juice up their Apple smartphones.
Fact: Apple has announced for 2018 the AirPower a wireless charging carpet. It will be able to simultaneously charge an iPhone, and Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods!
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