Wire­less charg­ing at last!

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

Wire­less charg­ing has been pretty com­mon on An­droid for five years, but Ap­ple has been a staunch hold- out on the tech, with the ex­cep­tion of the Ap­ple Watch’s mag­netic charger. But that’s fi­nally changed with the new­est iPhones.

All new iPhones fea­ture sup­port for the Qi charg­ing stan­dard, by far the most com­mon, with lots of com­pat­i­ble prod­ucts around, in­clud­ing charg­ing mats from the likes of Mo­phie and Belkin that will be avail­able at the same time as the phones.

Ap­ple will also re­lease a larger charg­ing mat called AirPower in 2018, that can charge mul­ti­ple de­vices at once, in­clud­ing the new iPhones, the Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3, and a wire­less charg­ing case for the AirPods that’s com­ing (though Ap­ple didn’t say when). Sadly, this doesn’t mean the new Watch is com­pat­i­ble with Qi charg­ing – only AirPower and its mag­netic charger. Still, at least charg­ing your iPhone just got slicker.

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