Motorola Wants To Bring OTA Wireless Charging To Its Smartphones
Earlier this year, a video surfaced which seemed to show Motorola showing off its wireless charging technology. While wireless charging isn’t new, what made this particularly exciting was how it could charge devices without needing for it to be one a wireless charging mat, making it “true” wireless charging.
Xiaomi Just Did What Apple Failed To Do
A few years ago, Apple announced their plans to launch a new wireless charging accessory called AirPower. This was basically a wireless charging mat that Apple claimed could charge multiple devices at once, and users did not have to worry about aligning the devices with the charging coils.
The OnePlus 9 Boasts An Incredibly Fast Wireless Charging Time
The problem with wireless charging is that it isn’t as fast as wired charging. Sure, it might be more convenient, but depending on your needs, a lot of times it doesn’t charge as fast as wired when you need to juice up in a pinch. However, OnePlus is hoping to change the narrative with the upcoming OnePlus 9.
Oppo Shows Off Its Own True Wireless Charging Technology
Earlier in January, Xiaomi and Motorola both took the wraps off their own true wireless charging technology, and it seems that Oppo doesn’t want to miss out on the fun as the company has since shown off its very own wireless charging technology as well. This was unveiled at the MWC Shanghai 2021 event where the company debuted the Oppo Wireless Air Charging technology.
No Reverse Charging For iPhone, At Least Not Anytime Soon
Reverse wireless charging is a feature that we’ve seen in some Android phones, so it didn’t really come as a surprise to hear rumors that Apple could introduce a similar feature to its iPhones as well. However, to date, we haven’t seen the feature introduced to the iPhone yet, and it seems that we probably shouldn’t expect it anytime soon either.
Not Just Xiaomi, But Motorola Has Its Own True Wireless Charging System As Well
As some of you might have just seen, Xiaomi recently took the wraps off the Mi Air Charge Technology. This is a wireless charging system that’s truly wireless, where your device does not need to be placed on a mat or have magnets stuck to it for it to work. However, it turns out Xiaomi isn’t alone.
Xiaomi Just Beat Everyone To The Punch With A True Wireless Charging System
For years, it has been reported that Apple was working on a new wireless charging system that could charge devices without wires, cables, charging mats, and so on. The company has filed many patents for it over the years, but they have never materialized. Even MagSafe, Apple’s most recent efforts, still doesn’t quite feel like the future we were hoping for.
Kensington’s StudioDock Is Perfect If You’ve Bought Into The Apple Ecosystem
If you’ve completely bought into the Apple ecosystem and own multiple Apple products like an iPad, Apple Watch, iPhone, AirPods, and more, then you might be interested in taking a look at Kensington’s latest offering that the company unveiled at CES 2021 – the Kensington StudioDock.
Pixel 5 Will Automatically Enable Reverse Wireless Charging When It’s Plugged In
More smartphones these days are arriving with support for reverse wireless charging. What this means is that users will be able to use their own phones to wirelessly charge another device that supports wireless charging, like another smartphone or a case for their wireless earbuds, which is a pretty useful feature to have.
The iPhone 12 Might Actually Have A Hidden Reverse Wireless Charging Feature
Apple’s iPhones have come with support for wireless charging for a while now, but with the launch of the new iPhone 12, Apple has included new hardware to support the company’s new MagSafe wireless charging feature. However, it turns out that MagSafe in the iPhone 12 might be hiding an unactivated feature.
It Looks Like Apple’s AirPower Is ‘Dead’...Again
Back in 2019, Apple confirmed that their wireless charging mat AirPower was cancelled, but later in the year, there were reports suggesting that the project might not have been fully cancelled and that Apple was working internally to try and fix the issues before potentially relaunching it.
MagSafe Only Charges At Full Speed When Paired With Apple’s 20W Charger
There is a lot of confusion surrounding Apple’s new MagSafe charger. Apple claims that the device allows users to charge the new iPhone 12s at speeds of up to 15W, twice the charging speed compared to regular wireless charging on current iPhones. However, recent tests have found that using it with an older iPhone charges it at insanely low speeds of 2W.
Apple Warns MagSafe Charger Could Leave Imprints On Your iPhone Case
If you plan on buying and using Apple’s new MagSafe charging system for the iPhone, you might want to take note that by using the new charger, it could actually leave imprints on your iPhone’s leather case. This is according to a warning by Apple in a support document that mentions this potential issue.
SanDisk Unveils A Wireless Charger That’s Also A Hard Drive
SanDisk is a company known for their memory products, like flash drives, memory cards, and so on. However, the company has since unveiled the Ixpand Wireless Charger Sync which as the name implies, is a wireless charger, but it also seems that the device comes with a built-in hard drive.
MagSafe Found To Charge 2x Slower Than Wired Charging
So while Apple’s AirPower charging mat might really be dead, the company isn’t done trying its hand at wireless charging, and so with the new iPhone 12, the company introduced MagSafe. This is a new magnetic wireless charging system developed by Apple that they claim faster than regular wireless chargers.
Mophie Unveils A 4-In-1 Wireless Charging Mat
A lot of our devices are headed down the wireless charging route these days, and as such, finding a mat large enough to charge multiple devices at once is a good thing. In fact, if you’re after such a device, you might be interested to learn that Mophie has since taken the wraps off its new 4-in-1 Wireless Charging Mat.
Belkin Shows Off Its Upcoming MagSafe Compatible Accessories
During Apple’s iPhone 12 announcement, they also revealed a new wireless charging system for the iPhone 12 where the company decided to reuse its MagSafe branding. They also revealed that third-party accessory makers such as Belkin would be working on similar accessories for those who wanted more options.
Apple Revives The MagSafe Brand, Except That It Will Now Be For The iPhone
We had recently heard the rumors that Apple was looking to revive the MagSafe branding, which in the past was typically reserved for the company’s laptop chargers. Turns out the rumors were correct because at Apple’s iPhone 12 event, the company has announced a new magnetic wireless charging system for the iPhone 12 which they are calling MagSafe as well.
Japanese Company Unveils iPhone 12 Magnetic Wireless Charger Ahead Of Launch
According to a leak from last month, it was suggested that Apple could be looking to introduce a new wireless charging accessory for the iPhone. However, it will not necessarily come in the form of the AirPower charging mat we saw before. Instead, it will be a circular device that attaches to the iPhone magnetically on the back.
Apple Could Be Reviving The MagSafe Brand, But Not In The Way We Hope
Ever since Apple introduced USB-C to their MacBook laptops, they pretty much ditched the MagSafe chargers, much to the dismay of many a MacBook owner. However, it appears that the company could be looking to bring back the MagSafe branding, but unfortunately it might not be in the way many are hoping for.