IOS 11.2 Is Bringing Faster Wireless Charging

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Wireless iPhone charging is about to narrow the performance gap with wired charging, with iOS 11.2 set to speed up the tech on the iPhone X and iPhone 8. Minimal display bezels, OLED display panels and wireless charging have all been in the Android domain for a few generations (or more). Updating your phone isn't enough to boost your charging speed, however.

MacRumors was able to confirm via representatives for RAVpower that 7.5W charging speeds will be unlocked via iOS 11.2, which is now undergoing developer/public beta testing.

There are several officially supported Qi fast wireless chargers for the iPhones from Mophie and Belkin, but the Apple trio should be able to reach its new maximum 7.5W charging speed with any wireless charger that has the output.

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MacRumors' testing suggested a slightly faster charge.

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The one caveat here is that if you only have a 5W charging base, you will have to buy a new one that supports 7.5W if you want to take advantage of the update. Apple has not announced when 11.2 will be ready but Mac Rumors says that since it is in its third beta version, the official release should be coming soon - most likely within the next month. Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 all support the Qi 1.2 standard, which allows for 15W charging.

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