iPhone 15 series is set to allow users to enjoy 15W fast wireless charging, without the need for certified wireless chargers. This is a significant upgrade from the 7.5W Qi wireless charging that has been the standard since the iPhone 8, and the 15W MagSafe charging available on the iPhone 12, 13, and 14 series.
The wireless charging power of the iPhone 15 series will be divided into 7.5W and 15W. However, only products that integrate Apple’s official MagSafe module can provide 15W of wireless charging. All iPhones that support wireless charging can be compatible with the Qi2 standard, but Apple has not yet announced the specific speed, although it’s certain to be faster than the current 7.5W.
The iPhone 15 series will support both Qi2 and MagSafe wireless charging protocols, with Qi2 being recommended as the wireless charging technology compatible with iPhones. This will allow for more affordable and faster wireless charging accessories for the iPhone, as the price of the new Qi2 wireless charging module is less than one-third of Apple’s MagSafe module, and manufacturers do not require MFi membership.
If you’re not familiar with the Qi wireless charging protocol, it’s currently used by most mobile phones, TWS Bluetooth headsets, tablets, and other devices that support wireless charging. The upgraded Qi2 wireless charging protocol has many new features, such as the addition of magnetic wireless charging and on-chip authentication. To achieve 15W fast wireless charging, devices need to pass the Qi2 MPP test.
The inclusion of Apple in the newly announced WPC direction committee highlights the company’s importance in promoting the Qi2standard. This also indicates that Apple’s accessory ecosystem may become more open in the future, as Qi2 and PD are industry alliances initiated by Apple that are becoming industry standards. This move not only benefits Apple devices but also Android phones, accelerating the popularity of wireless charging.
Opening up 15W wireless charging means users no longer have to pay high prices for official chargers, as the wireless charging industry, including main control chips, MOSFETs, MLCCs, charging coils, magnets, ferrite sheets, laboratories, factories, and third-party brand wireless charging accessories, will benefit from it.
15 series is set to offer fast wireless charging through the Qi2 protocol, which is an upgrade from the previous Qi wireless charging protocol and a more affordable alternative to the MagSafe charging. This move is expected to accelerate the adoption of wireless charging across different platforms and benefit not only Apple devices but also the wireless charging industry as a whole.