Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 lineup will support 15W fast charging with charges that are not MagSafe certified. This means that consumers will be able to use third-party wireless chargers without having to comprise on power delivery.
Apple to drop “comparable” adapter requirement for iPhone 15 fast charging
Since its introduction in the iPhone 12 series, Apple’s MagSafe technology has enabled wireless charging of up to 15W. However, MagSafe’s compatibility with Qi chargers has been limited to a maximum power delivery of 7.5W.
For fast charging, Apple users require the company’s power adapter or a third-party USB-C power adapter that supports USB Power Delivery (USB-PD) and this stipulation has limited users’ options for fast charging accessories.
A new rumor suggests that Apple may be abandoning its requirement for approved “comparable” adapters for 15W fast charging. Leaker @yeux1122 claims that the upcoming iPhone 15 series will be capable of open 15W wireless fast charging, regardless of whether the charger is certified by Apple or not.
If the rumor holds true, this change in Apple’s charging policy may be influenced by the development of the Qi2 standard. In January, it was revealed that Apple had shared its MagSafe specifications as a foundation for the updated wireless charging standard being developed by the Wireless Power Consortium.
By potentially dropping the requirement for approved adapters, Apple might be embracing the broader Qi2 ecosystem, allowing users to experience the convenience of 15W fast charging with a wider range of chargers.
Furthermore, it highlights a potential game-changer for iPhone users in terms of wireless charging capabilities. By eliminating the need for approved wireless chargers, Apple could empower its customers with more flexibility and options when it comes to fast charging their devices.
In related news, it is widely believed that this year’s iPhone 15 lineup will feature USB-C connectivity. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that the Cupertino tech giant is going to limit USB-C fast charging with MFi-certified cables and power adaptors. This means that fast charging with USB-C will be optimized to support fast charging with only certified cables across the iPhone 15 series.
Subsequently, the European Union is threatening to block iPhone sales in the bloc in an attempt to ensure that Apple will not impose restrictions on USB-C charging and data transfer rates for the iPhone 15 models.