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iOS 11.2 supports faster wireless charging on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X

The forthcoming release of iOS 11.2, which is now available for members of Apple’s Beta Software Program, will speed up wireless charging on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, reports MacRumors.

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, otherwise known as the first iPhones to support wireless charging, are currently compatible with Qi chargers that output a maximum of 5 watts worth of power. iOS 11.2 will bump that limit up to 7.5.

MacRumors conducted a quick experiment and found that a 7.5 watt pad charged an iPhone X from 46 percent to 66 percent in half an hour, while a 5 watt charger took the handset from 46 percent to 60 percent in the same timeframe.

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That’s nothing to write home about – even more so when you consider that the Qi 1.2 standard can transmit up to 15 watts of power. But Apple’s decision to make the leap from a 5 to a 7.5 watt cap is definitely a step in the right direction.

We awarded the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus an 8/10 score in our comprehensive review. As for the iPhone X… Well, we’re still playing around with our review unit, but you can expect our feedback to go live in the coming days – so stay tuned.

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