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Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Apple, at long last, embraced wireless charging. Despite the continued existence of the rivaling PMA group, the WPC’s Qi technology has become the de facto wireless charging standard, especially after Powermat jumped onboard. But even with major business hurdles being cleared, wireless charging still remains at the periphery. A feature that is indeed available on a few high-end phones but not always used, much less promoted as a must-have. It has already been in use and in the market for years, so why is wireless charging still a niche feature? Ultimately, it boils down to its ironic inconvenience.

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The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 wireless charger has leaked ahead of the accessory's official unveil alongside the new flagship Android phone later this month. However, those hoping for a big improvement in wireless charging performance may be disappointed.

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iPhone X wireless charging forces Powermat into Qi’s embrace

iPhone X wireless charging forces Powermat into Qi’s embrace

The iPhone X's embrace of Qi wireless charging has forced Powermat to concede that it would be the likely standard winner. Powermat, which offers its own wireless charging standard along with providing public charging pads integrated into counters and tables in locations like Starbucks, announced this month that it would join the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).

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Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Just when you've thought the mobile world had figured out wireless charging pads, Avido comes up with a curveball. Today the company introduced its new WiBa dual-charging wireless power system. Yes, that's the full name of the device, but in fairness to Avido, there's good reason for such a long and convoluted name.

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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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