IOS 11 update brings faster wireless charging

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Apple's iOS 11.2 beta shows iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X users will soon be able to charge their devices faster when using wireless charging accessories, according to MacRumors. Updating your phone isn't enough to boost your charging speed, however.

Apple had promised that faster charging via wireless pads would arrive in time, but gave no roadmap for when it might actually be added. Our favorite wireless charger for the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus indeed supports 7.5W charging. The same iPhone charged from 46 percent to 60 percent over 30 minutes when using a wireless charging accessory that does not offer 7.5W charging speeds.

Most notably, it's significantly slower to charge an iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus via a wireless charger right now, compared to a wired charger.

iPhone X wireless charging.

Faster charging is pretty much always a plus, especially when it comes to wireless charging.

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).

Since iOS 11.2 is now in beta, available to developers and those enrolled in Apple's public beta, tests on the upgraded charging speeds have already been possible.

The current iOS 11.1 delivers 5 watts of charging when placed a Qi-based charging pad.

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