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iOS 17.4 appears to add Qi2 wireless charging support to iPhone 12

by Hartley Charlton

According to Macworld, iOS 17.4 brings support for 15W wireless charging with Qi2 on the iPhone 12.


Qi2 is a next-generation wireless charging technology developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and based on MagSafe. ‌MagSafe‌ was first introduced on ‌iPhone‌ 12 and delivers speeds up to 15W. Third party wireless chargers without ‌MagSafe‌ certification was limited to a maximum speed of 7.5W, but Qi2 can reach a full power of 15W.

Last year, Apple enabled 15W speeds with Qi2 wireless chargers on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 through iOS 17.2. The iPhone 15 line already supported Qi2 at launch, so the ‌iPhone‌ 12 as the only ‌iPhone‌ model with ‌MagSafe‌ without the ability to charge faster when using Qi2 accessories.

Citing reader reports and its own tests, Macworld says the ‌iPhone‌ 12 is capable of charging at 15W using a Qi2 wireless charger after updating to iOS 17.4. When using a Qi2 charger, the device now displays an animation that only appears when actively charging at 15W, and tests with the Anker Qi2 MagGo wireless charger demonstrated charging speeds consistent with ‌MagSafe‌.

Apple has openly stated that iOS 17.2 brings Qi2 support to ‌iPhone 13‌ and ‌iPhone 14‌, but no such statements regarding iOS 17.4 and ‌iPhone‌ did not have. 12. This may be due to the fact that ‌iPhone‌ Wireless charging technology 12 was based on the original Qi standard and ‌MagSafe‌ before Qi2 was completed.

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