IPhone X, 8 'fast' wireless chargers may be slower than Samsung

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While the power adapter is compatible with any USB-C-enabled device, Apple recommends pairing it with your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X to take advantage of the fast-charging feature.

Apple has rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display that chief executive Tim Cook called "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone".

"It is amusing that today's announcements may prompt many people to think that Apple invented wireless charging, even though the technology was first debuted on smartphones by Palm in 2009 and Nokia, LG, Samsung and others have supported it for years", said Geoff Blaber, analyst at CCS Insight. Qi is Chinese for "energy flow" and pronounced "chee". Qi is a standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 4cm.

In 2012, WPC member Powermat spun out its own standard under the Power Matters Alliance (PMA). For sure, the accessories industry will get there quicker with tabletop mats, charging stands holding phones near vertical for ease of reading, and in-car mats that will fit in many existing cars.

Qi charging: What is Qi?

But it seems unlikely that they'd charge as quickly as if they had twice the electricity at their disposal.

Wireless charging: What is it? They had traded as much as one percent higher during the launch event before reversing course.

London is now the first unique global wireless charging hub, providing a city-wide deployment of public charging point.

The upshot: Automakers now see there's just a single standard to support. Furthermore, Apple is the only company that makes a USB-C to Lightning cable. And you'll also have to buy a wire that can plug into that and has a lightning port at the other end. It even charges via a USB C connector. If you've done it correctly, the phone should start to charge when placed on a Qi charger.

Up until now, the iPhone was not exactly "fast charging" capable. Or wait for the new iPhones. The bad news is you will have to pay a premium for it.

The company's service page details the charges for repairing or replacing the wireless headphones. If you have a Macbook and want to charge your phone too, you can't use the same cable to do so. 5 volts (what USB outputs and what a charger probably uses) times 1 amp equals 5 watts. With the iPhone X sporting one, you can rest assured that all manufacturers will be under pressure to offer at least one phone with the same feature.

"We view the launch of the new iPhones as most positive for Broadcom with (its) content expected to increase 40% and with the number of chips increasing to eight from five", Vinh said. Apple might have been waiting for a victor to emerge, and with numerous other smartphone makers backing Qi already, Apple's support will make it a clear leader. They cost as little as $10-$20.

Unlike Samsung, which uses an iris scanner, Apple maps the entire face of the user to unlock the phone.

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