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Your iPhone X is about to wirelessly charge faster

Your iPhone X is about to wirelessly charge faster

Wireless iPhone charging is about to narrow the performance gap with wired charging, with iOS 11.2 set to speed up the tech on the iPhone X and iPhone 8. The 2017 iPhone line-up was Apple's first attempt at wireless charging in its smartphones, opting for the Qi standard. However, while convenient, it did have some drawbacks compared to plugging in an old-fashioned Lighting cable.

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Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

Google made a huge mistake with Pixel 2

When the Pixel 2 was announced, I did not expect that Google would bring back wireless charging - and they didn't. Much to the surprise of the industry at large, Apple added wireless charging with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X this year. But Google didn't come back with wireless charging - not now, and not since the Nexus 4. Though their reasoning holds some water, it most certainly does not hold nearly enough.

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IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

You can credit the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for the recent resurgence in interest in wireless charging, and IKEA isn't letting that opportunity pass it by. The company has offered select versions of its furniture with wireless charging functionality since 2015, but until now iPhone owners have required an adapter in order to take advantage. With the arrival of native support in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the upcoming iPhone X, IKEA is relaunching its range.

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Apple AirPods wireless charging case release date might have just leaked

Apple AirPods wireless charging case release date might have just leaked

One of the most exciting announcements from Apple's reveal event on Tuesday was that after years of rumors, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X will support wireless charging. The trio of iPhones aren't the only Apple devices compatible with wireless charging, as the feature was also announced for the Apple Watch and Apple's wireless AirPods.

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Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Yes, the iPhone X supports wireless charging at Starbucks

Your iPhone X can get a wireless power boost while you top-up your caffeine levels at Starbucks, with Powermat confirming it'll upgrade its public charging pads to support Apple's preferred Qi standard. The news means iPhone X owners - along with those using the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus - will have a long list of locations where they can get a cable-free recharge, including the popular coffee shop chain and the dashboard cubbies of select Chevrolet, Cadillac, and Buick cars. Turns out, when it comes to wireless charging pads, Powermat has something special going on under the table.

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iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

iPhone 8’s best feature may be its shiny new backside

On the back of Apple's next hero iPhone 8, it's been reported that a new mixture of metal and glass will be in order. There, on the side of the phone most people mostly disregard, a technology that's been in the making for nearly a decade may well create a new mobile device material paradigm. In the most-used piece of hardware in most modern adult's lives, here on the iPhone's backside it's suspected Apple's next greatest contribution to the future will be made.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging might be slower than standard

iPhone 8 wireless charging might be slower than standard

It has been pretty much confirmed that Apple will be, at long last, giving the iPhone some wireless charging capabilities. The bad news is that it will be limited to the iPhone 8. Even worse news, if this rumor is true, is that it might charge slower than what’s officially supported by the wireless standard it will use. This nugget comes from Japanese fan site Mac Otakara, who claims that the iPhone 8 will only support half the power profile set in the Qi wireless charging standard version 1.2.

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Mophie Charge Force Case for iPhone 7 Review: Fixing Apple’s flaws

Mophie Charge Force Case for iPhone 7 Review: Fixing Apple’s flaws

At first, I thought Mophie had screwed up. The portable battery company has made a name for itself as offering some of the easiest ways to keep your smartphone going when its own charge is running low, with an array of external power-packs and battery cases for the most popular handsets. Yet the newest Mophie Charge Force Cases for iPhone 7 don't even have a battery inside.

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Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

No smartphone is going to be perfect. Even Apple's iPhones have their fair share of complaints and imperfections. Given how high-profile the Galaxy S8 is, it's really no surprise that there is a lot more noise being made about each and every potential defect or problem. Following complaints of red tinted screens, some Galaxy S8 owners are now finding themselves unable to charge their smartphones wirelessly even when using Samsung's own wireless fast charging pads.

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iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

iPhone 8 wireless charging only the start: 5 Apple teams reportedly involved

The iPhone 8 may embrace wireless charging, but Apple is reportedly going all-in with developing cable-free solutions, with claims that five different teams at the company are all working on the technology. The absence of wireless charging has long been a point of criticism about the iPhone, forcing owners who want to be free of wires to either jump ship to Android devices where the tech has been commonly offered for some time, or to pick up a third-party adapter, like Mophie's recent Juice Packs. Now, though, it's apparently full-steam-ahead at Cupertino.

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Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie’s new Powerstations embrace lower prices, USB-C, and wireless charging

Mophie isn't quite ready to reveal its inevitable battery case for the iPhone 7 - like the rest of us, it's waiting for Apple's imminent reveal - but it does have a brand new line-up of universal Powerstation battery packs. In fact, there are now four product lines, spanning new, considerably lower price points from under $30, through to portable power with USB-C or wireless charging support.

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Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless Review for iPhone 6s

For many of us, a battery case for our smartphone is a necessary fact of life, but Mophie wants to make opportunity out of obligation. The company is no stranger to putting extra power into cases for the iPhone and other smartphones, but with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless it's embracing not only wireless charging but building a power ecosystem that, though not inexpensive, promises to last you through the iPhone 7 and beyond.

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