The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) — an organization that disregards wireless charging standards declared the latest standard called Qi2. The headline is that the WPC is working with Apple to give Magsafe-like potential to Android.
It’s been over two years since Apple launched MagSafe for iPhones — a wireless standard that steps up a lot of magnetically attachable accessories and chargers. The main purpose of the organization was to boost the speed of wireless charging that is from 7.5W for chargers that are Qi-compatible to about 15W for MagSafe Chargers. Apple also desired to get rid of the complications of having flawlessly aligned the phone with the wireless charging pad with magnets that snap to the rear of the phone superbly. Meanwhile, the standard is still exclusive and the ecosystem of accessories that is Apple-Certified has not advanced much.
The WPC claimed that Qi2 enables a Magnetic Power Profile which is developed on the basis of the MagSafe technology of Apple. Therefore, it’s possible that devices compatible with the Qi2 standard will like to perform with both:
- iOS-based gadgets.
“Magnetic Power Profile of Qi2 will certify that phones or other rechargeable battery-powered mobile products are elegantly aligned with charging devices, thus giving upgraded energy efficiency and faster charging,” the WPC claimed in a press release.
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The consortium claimed that the latest Qi2 standard would be announced later this year and would alter the existing Qi standard. And Qi2 compatible accessories should be accessible before the end of the year. Remarkably, it claimed this latest standard will promote paths for accessories “that would not be able to get charged by using current flat surface-to-flat surface devices.” This could be used for charging different kinds of headphones or smartwatches.
The WPC has not unveiled full specifications related to Qi2, so we don’t know about its potential just yet.
The Qi2 standard might create a faster magnet-enabled wireless charging experience, however, it would not certify the quality of magnets exploited in the chargers or phones. So, it is complicated to assure a secure magnetic fit with Qi2-compatible chargers. It’s also not certain if chargers with this latest standard will perform elegantly with iPhone 14 or older models of iPhone.