IOS 11 update brings faster wireless charging

Lynne Hanson
November 15, 2017

Minimal display bezels, OLED display panels and wireless charging have all been in the Android domain for a few generations (or more).

According to the technology new website RedmondPie, KeenLab has successfully cracked the iPhone X. Liang Chen of KeenLab has demonstrated a functional jailbreak for Apple's latest flagship - iPhone X. The jailbreak was demoed at POC 2017 event in Seoul, South Korea, on an iPhone X that was running the recently released iOS 11.1.1 patch. Updating your phone isn't enough to boost your charging speed, however. Although the added support for 7.5W Qi charging won't introduce a dramatically quicker wireless charging experience, the evidence points out that users should expect marginally improved charging speeds.

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MacRumors was able to confirm via representatives for RAVpower that 7.5W charging speeds will be unlocked via iOS 11.2, which is now undergoing developer/public beta testing. Using a non-7.5W wireless charger topped the same iPhone X from 46% to 60% in over 30 minutes, which speaks of marginal gains here and there, but gains nonetheless. That should theoretically allow those devices to charge much faster than what's possible even with the iPhones' upgraded spec. A number of users of the app have reported problems with the battery on their device draining whilst using the app. Users are reporting problems with the app on both the iPhone and iPad. The Qi standard, now at v1.2, actually supports up to 15W being delivered. Previous firmware versions iPhone only supported charging at 5W using compatible Qi wireless chargers.

iOS 11.2 is in public beta right now, and usually a full release isn't far behind.

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