Your iPhone X is about to wirelessly charge faster

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With the new software update iOS 11.2, Apple is planning to unlock faster wireless charging capabilities on the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus.

If you own an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or X, you are probably already aware that they are only capable of using the slowest Qi speed (five watts). However, while convenient, it did have some drawbacks compared to plugging in an old-fashioned Lighting cable.

Apple has yet to release its AirPower charging pad; however, there are some third party options that work well with the iPhone.

While 7.5 watts is still half the wireless charging speed supported by Qi 1.2, it should be a noticeable improvement for users. Now, according to a tip sent to MacRumors from a wireless pad manufacturer, it looks like iOS 11.2 is that update.

It's worth noting that, even with this upgrade, Apple isn't at the very cutting edge of wireless charging rates.

As MacRumors points out, an iPhone X running the iOS 11.2 beta got charged from 46% to 66% by a 7.5W Belkin wireless charger in about 30 minutes. The Qi standard, now at v1.2, actually supports up to 15W being delivered.

iOS 11.2 is in public beta right now, and usually a full release isn't far behind.

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).

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