The big arrival in iOS 11.2 (now in beta) is Apple Pay Cash, the company’s much anticipated peer-to-peer payment service. But the software is also flipping the switch on a feature that was promised when the iPhone 8 and iPhone X were released.
According to MacRumors, iOS 11.2 introduces support for faster wireless charging, bumping the charging speed of 5W up to 7.5W. And it seems to work with any Qi charger that supports the quicker speeds, so you’re not stuck purchasing the wireless pads available on Apple’s website.
Support for faster wireless charging comes well ahead of Apple’s AirPower mat, which is slated to release in early 2018. The mat is based on the Qi wireless standard, but is able to charge an iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time. In other words, if you own multiple Apple gadgets, that’s the wireless charging mat to get.
Apple’s latest software release is only available in beta at the moment, so it’ll be a while before everyone can start enjoying faster wireless charging. We can likely expect Apple to release iOS 11.2 to consumers in the coming weeks.