Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

IOS 11 update brings faster wireless charging

IOS 11 update brings faster wireless charging

As MacRumors points out, an iPhone X running the iOS 11.2 beta got charged from 46% to 66% by a 7.5W Belkin wireless charger in about 30 minutes.

Wireless charging on the latest iPhone is convenient, but it hasn't been very fast.

According to a tip revealed by accessory maker RAVpower, the upcoming official release iOS 11.2 will be the software update that will unlock faster wireless charging for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The 2017 iPhone line-up was Apple's first attempt at wireless charging in its smartphones, opting for the Qi standard. This will give users a small, but noticeable boost in charging speeds over current 5W charging levels.

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In that update, the phones will accept 7.5-watt charges on Qi charging pads, rather than the current 5 watts. That should theoretically allow those devices to charge much faster than what's possible even with the iPhones' upgraded spec. This means that you can go ahead and pick one of the many compatible charging mats out there to make use of this wireless technology.

Most notably, it's significantly slower to charge an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus via a wireless charger right now, compared to a wired charger.

In addition, there's also the factor that wireless charging usually requires you to place your phone on a charging pad, making it impossible to use and charge at the same time (unless you want to hover over your phone like a weirdo).

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