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iOS 11.2 looks set to include support for faster wireless charging on compatible Qi pads
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X owners will benefit from improved wireless charging in iOS 11.2, which is tipped to rolled-out later this year.
According to reports from MacRumours, the next iOS update will bring support for 7.5W wireless charging.
Until now, the latest iPhone models have been limited to the slowest Qi charging speed, which tops-out at 5W.
For comparison, 5W wireless charging is about as fast as using the bundled charger wall adapter that ships with the iPhone.
Following the update to iOS 11.2, wireless-charging is likely to be a faster alternative for many iPhone owners.
Apple will introduce its own wireless charging mat, dubbed AirPower, in early 2018
The improved 7.5W wireless-charging speed will purportedly be available on any Qi charger that supports the higher output — not only those approved by Apple.
Apple currently only sells a Mophie and a Belkin wireless charger in its retail stores. Both of these approved chargers support 7.5W.
The Cupertino-based company is set to launch its own wireless charging mat, dubbed AirPower, early next year.
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This will be able to wirelessly-charge a number of devices at the same time, including its next-generation Bluetooth earbuds – AirPods, iPhone 8 or iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3.
For the fastest recharge, iPhone owners should still look to good ol’ fashioned cables.
The 10/12W charging brick that ships with the iPad refuels your iPhone much faster than any wireless-charging pad.
iOS 11.2 is currently available to beta testers, which the final release to consumers tipped to arrive before the holidays.