September 19, 2017

iPhone wireless charging has arrived. What you need to know

By Team Ventev Topic: Devices Tech Specs

Apple told the world yesterday that wireless charging is the future.

The release of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X (pronounced “ten”) marks Apple’s official blessing of wireless charging for the iPhone.

“Words can’t describe how much nicer it is to just put it down and charge and never have to plug in a cable again,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, who made the wireless charging announcement.

iPhone X

  • A11 Bionic chip
  • 8-inch OLED display
  • 2436 x 1125 resolution
  • Supports wireless Qi charging
  • Fast-charge capable
  • Face ID, which unlocks the device through facial recognition
  • Battery lasts up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7
  • 64 and 256 GB options
  • In box:
    • USB power adapter
    • Lightning to USB cable
    • EarPods with Lightning connector
    • Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
  • Colors: Silver and Space Gray
  • Pre-order 10/27, available 11/3

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

  • A11 Bionic chip
  • 7-inch and 5.5-inch display
  • Support wireless Qi charging
  • Fast-charge capable
  • Batteries last about the same as iPhone 7, 7 Plus
  • 64 and 256 GB options for both
  • In box:
    • USB power adapter
    • Lightning to USB cable
    • EarPods with Lightning connector
    • Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
  • Colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold (new)
  • Pre-order 9/15, available 9/22

Wireless charging has been available for smartphones for a few years. But handset makers have been slow to jump in. That’s because wireless charging has traditionally been limited to 5 watts. The latest iteration of Qi, however, allows for up to 15-watt charging, bringing fast charging to wireless.

It appears that the iPhone will charge at about 7.5 watts. Apple didn’t get into the details on what wattage the phones will use, but faster charging will come through a software update later this year. Apple also announced that its own wireless charging pad, which goes beyond what Qi can do now by charging many devices at the same time, won’t be released until next year.

Luckily for you, we have one now.

Ventev offers two Qi-certified wireless charging accessories. The Ventev wireless chargestand is one of the fastest universal wireless chargers on the market, at 15 watts. Its charging puck can be raised or lowered to charge any size phone in landscape or portrait mode, as well as be used flat on a table.

Ventev’s Wireless Car Kit includes the dashport rq1300, a flat 3-foot chargesync cable, and the wirelesspro dock one of the few certified 15-watt wireless car chargers on the market. It clips to your car’s air vents, and secures your phone with spring-loaded arms. Power is supplied to the wirelesspro dock through the Qualcomm Quick Charge dashport, which plugs into your vehicle’s power outlet. So what else is new on the iPhone charging front?

It appears that the new iPhones will charge with USB Power Delivery standards. That’s great news for people who also carry an iPad or a MacBook with a USB-C port, because it means they’ll only have to carry one charger for all of them.

Ventev’s wallport pd1300 is a 45 watt wall charger with a USB-C port, meaning it can charge everything from your phone to your laptop at its optimum rate. Its cousin, the dashport pd1300, provides up to 27 watts of power in your vehicle.

It’s an exciting time to charge a smartphone. When Apple makes an announcement, the whole industry tends to follow. This could be the snowball that causes the avalanche.

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