More than one option existed for Apple to implement wireless charging for its new iPhone. Yet the company bucked its habit of creating a proprietary system in favor of a wireless charging standard that already exists. Owners of the new phones, though, will just have to shop elsewhere for an actual wireless charging pad to use.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are compatible with the Qi wireless charging standard, but the company didn’t showcase its own wireless charging pad.
Apple is relying on third-party accessories, at least for now, to let owners of the iPhone 8 charge their devices without wires. Fortunately the Qi wireless charging standard is the most popular; therefore, plenty of options are already on the market today. It’s actually the same wireless charging standard used by Samsung, which means iPhone and Galaxy owners can live in the same house and use the same equipment.
Although there isn’t a first-party offering today, the company is likely going to embrace wireless charging pads from select brands like Mophie and Belkin. And, in 2018, Apple will release the AirPower for all Qi-ready devices.