IOS 11 update brings faster wireless charging

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iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners using wireless charging pads to power their devices are about to receive a pleasant surprise thanks to a software update: Apple's upcoming iOS 11.2 will add support for faster wireless charging for the Qi-compatible smartphones.

When it comes to Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone X, it feels like in many respects, the company is catching up to features that have always been featured on Android devices.

Using the Belkin charger that Apple sells, which does support 7.5W charging speeds, the iPhone X was charged from 46 to 66 percent over the course of thirty minutes.

In that update, the phones will accept 7.5-watt charges on Qi charging pads, rather than the current 5 watts.




It looks like there is a problem with Google's YouTube app on Apple's iOS 11. You'll need the proper wireless charging pad to take advantage of the faster charging feature.

Up until iOS 11.1 the Qi-enabled iPhones could charge wirelessly by up to 5W and after 11.2 they can go as high as 7.5W - this was divulged by accessory maker RAVpower.

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. On a non-7.5W charger, the same period of time only saw the phone charge from 46-percent to 60-percent.

iOS 11.2 is in public beta right now, and usually a full release isn't far behind. The Qi standard, now at v1.2, actually supports up to 15W being delivered.

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