The new iPhones will support fast wireless charging

So, Apple's new iPhones are finally getting wireless charging! We'd insert a cheering minions GIF here if they weren't so overused. Not only that, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X all support fast charging over the wire. Well, there's the small caveat that you need to invest an extra $75 in a wallplug and cable that provide that fast charging, but at least the option is there, right?

At first, we thought that the new iPhones would not support any form of fast wireless charging. And it seems that's going to be true at launch. However, browsing through the Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging Pad page over at the official Apple website, we spot a small nugget of great news.


So there IS fast wireless charging. But what's that asterisk at the end there? Looking to the bottom, we are informed that the feature will become available to iPhones via a future software update.


Unfortunately, there's no way to know when that update would come. Best case scenario — by the end of 2017. Worst case? Apple could be saving it for the time it launches its own AirPower pad, which will happen well into 2018. If so, that'd be silly...

source: Apple Store

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15 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wait what? 7.5 Watt is considered fast? That's barely faster than the slow wired charging with the ikd iPhone chargers. The S7 already supported 13.5 Watt wireless, the S8 15 Watt.

5. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It's fast, by apple standard..

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

That's why it gets so damn hot and probably shortens the life span of the phone it self when charging like that....lol

10. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So why did Apple implement quick charge in the latest iPhone?? To shorten your battery life??

12. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

He can't accept reality.. Until apple copy it..

7. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That's exactly 50% faster than standard in the box charging. I consider that as a LOT faster.

11. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Uh, no. Wireless charging means losses. Even assuming near optimal conditions (no case etc), you'll end up with about 5.6 Watts (1.1 Ampère) effective charging. 10% faster. Be ready to charge as slow or slower than you would with an old wired charger in practice though (less than 70% efficiency is common).

13. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 360; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Exactly my point, also look at the hypocrisy of PA in this statement "there's the small caveat that you need to invest an extra $75 in a wall plug and cable that provide that fast charging, but at least the option is there, right?" Especially the last sentence, for devils sake at least it is there :D :D

14. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

LG G6,v20, V30 qualcomm quick charge 3.0.

15. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yeah, my Moto Z Force uses a 29W charger running 5.7A while the motoMod battery charges at 3A.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Huh? I thought wireless charging speeds (limits) are hardware related?

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Seems like Qi charging is limited to 15W, double what Apple are supportinghttps://www.wirelesspowerconsortium.com/developers/specification.htm

3. vartotojas

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

apple stinks..

4. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Ha Ha after 2 years?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31073; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why does Apple do this later this year crap, just get it out. Apple, and Samsung kill me with this crap.

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