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Apple iPhone 12: iOS 17.4 brings wireless Qi2 charging with 15w

The Apple iPhone 12 series got a new feature with iOS 17.4 - wireless Qi2 charging with a "fast" 15 watts.
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Apple released iOS 17.4 earlier this month. The big news was compliance with the new EU digital markets law, which forces Apple to open iOS to third-party app stores. But it looks like that wasn’t the only big thing hidden in this update. In fact, the new software seems to have unlocked support for the Qi2 wireless charging standard. According to testing by Macworld, the Apple iPhone 12 with iOS 17.4 now charges wirelessly at 15 watts when magnetically connected to a Qi2 charger.

Until now, there was one piquant restriction – the charger couldn’t be Apple’s MagSafe. Otherwise, wireless charging in such a scenario was limited to 7.5 watts, which now jumps to twice as much. Back in December, the release of iOS 17.2 brought the same support for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14. Now the Apple iPhone 12 series can actually benefit from it.

The Qi2 standard was only recently published. In addition to extended support, it also offers better wireless charging efficiency and supports magnetic alignment. If this sounds familiar, it’s no coincidence. Apple is a “governing member” of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), which publishes the Qi standards. So this was clearly inspired by Apple’s MagSafe. And now if you have an Apple iPhone 12 and want to use a non-MagSafe certified Qi2 wireless charger, you can do so at 15W, just like a MagSafe certified one.

Toni Hobrecht
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