You may want to check your expectations when it comes to wireless charging and the iPhone 8.
One of the most anticipated features of the iPhone 8 is easily the rumors that it will include wireless charging. This has been one of the most requested additions to the product line for years, and with it finally on the horizon, it appears we may still need to check our expectations a bit.
According to a report from Mac Otakara, Apple has opted to not go with the latest wireless charging standard, Qi ver 1.2. Under this standard the charging pads have a maximum of 15 watts of power at any time, but Apple appears to have opted for just 7.5 watts. While this will still be faster than using the standard Apple charger which pushes 5 watts, that also means you won’t be able to use any Qi charging mat you wish. You will definitely have to look for those marked as “Made for iPhone” or the official Apple charge pad which is expected to release later in the year.
There is still some mystery surrounding exactly when the wireless charging will be activated in the iPhones. SOme rumors have indicated that it won’t be turned on until an iOS update later in the year and won’t be usable right at launch.
All three iPhones – iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus and iPhone 8 – are expected to receive wireless charging this year, but until Apple hits the stage, it seems certain aspects will keep us guessing.