Apple’s Qi2 support in iOS 17.2: Revolutionising wireless charging?

  • iOS 17.2 introduces Qi2 support for iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, revolutionising wireless charging with a MagSafe-like magnetic ring and speeds up to 15W.
  • This advancement holds the potential for improvements in charging efficiency and compatibility, fostering a broader industry shift towards Qi2 standards.
  • The move may drive widespread use of Qi2 chargers and accessories, shaping future charging standards and advancing the wireless charging market.

Apple is set to introduce Qi2 wireless charging support for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series with the upcoming iOS 17.2 update, as revealed in the release candidate beta.

Qi2 is an enhanced version of the Qi wireless charging standard that incorporates a MagSafe-like ring of magnets and offers charging speeds of up to 15W. This update will allow older iPhones to charge at faster speeds and utilise the growing ecosystem of magnetic wireless chargers that were initially designed for MagSafe-compatible iPhones.

Qi2 support indeed has the potential to introduce significant improvements in wireless charging technology.

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Faster, more efficient charging

One of the key improvements anticipated with Qi2 support is enhanced charging capabilities. This might include faster charging speeds, increased efficiency in power transfer, and potentially broader compatibility with various devices.

Manufacturers may integrate Qi2 technology to enable quicker and more efficient charging, meeting the growing demands of consumers for faster and more reliable wireless charging solutions.

Just as Paul Struhsaker, executive director of the Wireless Power Consortium, said: “Our standard assures consumers that their devices are safe, efficient, and interoperable with other brands. Qi2 will be the global standard for wireless charging and provide consumers and retailers with that assurance.”

Expanding compatibility

Furthermore, Qi2 support might bring advancements in compatibility among devices. Improved communication protocols and standardized features could facilitate better interoperability between Qi2-enabled devices, ensuring seamless charging experiences across a wider range of products.

According to AppleInsider, “Apple has provided MagSafe as the basis for Qi2, which should lead to more universal interoperability of accessories and chargers.”

This could encourage the adoption of wireless charging in more devices beyond smartphones, such as wearables, tablets, and other portable electronics.

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Influencing the industry

Apple’s integration of Qi2 might catalyse a broader industry shift towards this updated standard, leading to increased availability of Qi2-compatible chargers and accessories.   Moreover, this move could influence the direction of future charging standards, fostering greater standardization and interoperability among devices from different manufacturers.

Ultimately, the inclusion of Qi2 support in Apple devices not only benefits users with better charging options but also potentially propels advancements in the wireless charging market.

While the iPhone 15 series already supports Qi2, there’s an anticipation regarding the charging speeds that the iPhone 13 and 14 will achieve on Qi2 chargers. Apple has not explicitly confirmed whether these older models will charge at the full 15W charging speed, but it’s widely expected.


Elma Yuan

Elma Yuan was a junior reporter at BTW media interested in media and communication.

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