From Cult of Mac: Apple will make iPhone wireless charging faster soon

The wireless charging capabilities of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will reportedly receive a boost later this year, courtesy of a future over-the-air firmware update from Apple. Right now, the iPhone 8 charges at a rate equal to that of the 5-watt USB Power Adapter that Apple provides with the iPhone. However, according […]

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From Fossbytes: MIT’s Pi Offers ‘World’s First Contactless Wireless Charging’ For Your Phone Up To 1 Feet

ou might be fascinated by the new wireless charging tech Apple put into the iPhone X. We should also realize that pad-based wireless chargers have become old, kind of. And we need a charger that’s actually wireless. An MIT-based startup called Pi has created world’s first contactless wireless charging tech that pumps power to your […]

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From Digital Trends: Pi takes wireless charging to new level, can power your iPhone from a foot away

Pi, a charger engineered by a team of MIT graduates, uses electromagnetic fields to power iPhones, Android phones, and more over the air. It took three and a half years to develop, and it’s shipping in the coming months.
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From Digital Trends: Charge up your iPhone or Android with the best wireless phone chargers

We check out the best wireless phone chargers, to make tangles and fiddly ports a thing of the past. Find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.
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From BGR: If the iPhone X is ‘designed for wireless,’ it really doesn’t show

During this week’s Apple keynote, execs from across the company made a big deal about how the new iPhones are “designed for wireless.” That’s a good soundbite, but when it comes to looking at how all the wireless features perform, that phrase makes less and less sense.

We already broke down how the iPhone 8 and iPhone X aren’t compatible with the next generation of Gigabit LTE technologies, which means they’ll be noticeably slower than top-tier Android handsets on cellular networks. And now, with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus going on sale, we’re starting to see that the wireless charging isn’t putting up table stakes either.

Apple’s tech specs aren’t clear, but it appears that wireless charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus tops out at 7.5 Watts of power. That is, to be blunt, too slow.

The technology is there to support fast-charging through wireless chargers. The Wireless Power Consortium, which designs the Qi standard that the iPhone uses for wireless charging, does have a 15W fast-charge standard. It’s in use by most of the leading Android phones today, but seemingly not the new iPhone.

It gets worse when you consider that the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X are all listed with compatibility for wired fast-charging, using a USB-C power block. That means the charge controller inside the phone and the cells are capable of handling the higher power, so it’s just the wireless standard where Apple is falling behind — seemingly for no good reason.

There are possible explanations for why Apple didn’t include fast charging. The standard is relatively new, so if components required a long lead-time, that would explain it. So too would some difference in components that couldn’t be accommodated, or a concern about heat build-up in the battery, given what happened in the Note 7 last year.

But whichever way you cut it, Android manufacturers have managed to get Gigabit LTE and wireless fast-charging into their devices, and Apple couldn’t find room in its $1,000 smartphone to make it happen.

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From Cult of Mac: This magical car mount wirelessly charges iPhone X

The wireless future Apple is embracing is starting to look absolutely magical. And very convenient. iPhone X and iPhone 8 owners that want to mount their device on the dashboard of their car won’t have to deal with a mess of wires and dongles to charge and listen to music at the same time, thanks […]

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From TechCrunch: The wireless chargers at Starbucks will get updated to support iPhone X and 8

 Yes, you should be able to charge your new iPhone X or iPhone 8 at Starbucks. Apple announced earlier this week that its new iPhones will include support for wireless charging through the Qi standard. But as far as charging in Starbucks is concerned, there seemed to be a catch: Starbucks’ charging pads from Powermat support a different standard, PMA. This is a solvable problem, according… Read More

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From Cult of Mac: Adding wireless charging to your AirPods will cost $69

Apple’s new Wireless Charging Case for AirPods will go on sale this December, according to a report out of Europe, which sites Apple Switzerland. The device is expected to cost $69, which is the same amount you’ll pay to replace a standard case if you lose it. That might sound like a good deal, but […]

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