Apple's iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are about to get a little bit quicker about it, though, with the release of iOS 11.2. This will give users a small, but noticeable boost in charging speeds over current 5W charging levels. The 2017 iPhone line-up was Apple's first attempt at wireless charging in its smartphones, opting for the Qi standard.
While 7.5 watts is still half the wireless charging speed supported by Qi 1.2, it should be a noticeable improvement for users.
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. Right now, Apple sells two third-party wireless charging pads that are capable of hitting that 7.5-watt charging rate. The Qi standard, now at v1.2, actually supports up to 15W being delivered.
MacRumors' testing suggested a slightly faster charge.
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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.
In addition, there's also the factor that wireless charging usually requires you to place your phone on a charging pad, making it impossible to use and charge at the same time (unless you want to hover over your phone like a weirdo).
Apple had previously said faster speeds would be released in a future update, which seems to be iOS 11.2.