WPC to partner apple for bringing Magsafe to android

iPhone 14

A new standard known as Qi2 was introduced by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), an organisation that manages wireless charging standards. According to the headline, WPC is collaborating with Apple to give Android features similar to Magsafe.

Since Apple first made MagSafe available for iPhones more than two years ago, a plethora of magnetically attachable devices, including chargers, have become wirelessly compatible. The company’s main goal was to enhance wireless charging’s power output, which was 7.5W for Qi-compatible chargers and 15W for MagSafe chargers. Apple intended to do away with the hassle of having to precisely line up the phone with the wireless charging pad, which clips into the back of the phone. The ecosystem of accessories that are Apple approved hasn’t expanded significantly, and the standard is still exclusive.

According to the WPC, the Qi2 supports a magnetic power profile that is based on Apple’s MagSafe technology. Therefore, it is expected that Qi2 compliant gadgets will function on both iOS and Android-based devices.

According to a press release from WPC, “The QI2’s magnetic power profile will guarantee that phones or other mobile devices that use rechargeable batteries are exactly aligned with charging equipment, delivering increased energy efficiency and quicker charging.”

The consortium said that the new Qi2 standard, which will replace the current Qi standard, will be launched later this year. And before the year is through, Qi2 compatible accessories need to be accessible. This new standard, specifically, would open the door for accessories “that would not be viable utilising current flat surface-to-flat surface devices,” according to the document. Various headphones and smartwatches may be charged with it.

We don’t yet know the Qi2’s capabilities because WPC hasn’t revealed all of its specifications. According to a WPC spokeswoman, Qi2 will initially have a 15W charging speed restriction, but the company intends to work on greater power profiles for the standard in the future.

The Qi2 standard could pave the way for quicker wireless charging with magnets, but it won’t guarantee the quality of the magnets used in the chargers or the phones themselves. Consequently, it’s challenging to ensure a tight magnetic fit with a Qi2-compatible charger. Additionally, it is unknown if chargers that adhere to this new standard will completely function with the iPhone 14 or previous versions. As of the publishing of this article, Apple had not responded to the report.

Apple may turn to another standard for regulation when it implements USB-C for iPhones in response to rules in the European Union and India. At the moment, wireless charging, particularly with a technology like MagSafe, is not even close to cable charging speeds. Apple could be building the framework for future iPhones to rely increasingly (or fully) on wireless charging since MagSafe provides the foundation for a standard like Qi2 that will be widely embraced.

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