- A new leak suggests the new crop of iPhones could adopt the recently announced Qi2 wireless charging
- Past rumours have talked about the inclusion of a USB-C port, among other things, for the iPhone 15 series
- Much like in the years past, Apple could unveil the new iPhone 15 models in September
We’re currently looking forward to Apple’s annual iPhone refresh — the iPhone 15 — likely to be revealed in September. Leaks and rumours have provided valuable insight into the direction Apple is taking with its upcoming smartphone lineup.
A report originating from ChargerLab now suggests that the Cupertino-based electronics giant will offer the Qi2 wireless charging standard on the next-gen iPhones, unlocking 15W wireless charging for non-MagSafe chargers.
We’re taking this revelation with a grain of salt, given that the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) took the wraps off the latest Qi2 charging standard only recently at CES 2023.
As iPhone users are likely aware already, the existing crop of iPhones, such as the iPhone 14, only supports 15W wireless charging on MagSafe-supported accessories. The phones can only charge at 7.5W while using a standard third-party Qi wireless charger.
If true, this move would signal a drastic shift in how Apple handles third-party charging accessories. The company usually likes to hold a firm grip on third-party accessories, restricting users to either buying an expensive MFi or Apple-certified product or facing the risk of not being able to use the device to its full potential.
A potential game-changer for third-party wireless chargers?
With the rumoured inclusion of the Qi2 wireless charging standard on the iPhone 15, a wide range of manufacturers would be able to sell supported chargers at a fraction of the MagSafe accessory’s price. As we mentioned above, it’s too early to jump to conclusions since Apple usually isn’t the quickest to launch a newly released tech. But we’re hopeful to see this on board, considering the fact that other smartphone makers have long breached the 15W wireless charging barrier.
Other features like Dynamic Island and a USB-C port for charging and data transfer are also expected to be on board the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models this year. Meanwhile, the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s rear camera setup could feature a new periscope lens, pushing the device’s camera credentials even further while slightly tweaking the arrangement of the sensors.