Since Apple’s MagSafe technology was first introduced with the iPhone 12 series, wireless charging of up to 15W has been possible. Yet, MagSafe’s compatibility with Qi chargers has been restricted to a power delivery limit of 7.5W. For users to take advantage of fast charging, they currently require Apple’s power adapter or a comparable third-party USB-C power adapter supporting USB Power Delivery (USB-PD), thus limiting options for fast charging accessories.
This paradigm may be on the verge of change, according to leaker @yeux1122. They suggest that the forthcoming iPhone 15 series will support 15W wireless fast charging regardless of whether the charger is Apple-certified.
This alleged shift in Apple’s charging policy could be attributed to the emergence of the Qi2 standard. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Apple had contributed its MagSafe specifications as a basis for the updated wireless charging standard being devised by the Wireless Power Consortium. By potentially lifting the approved adapter requirement, Apple might be positioning itself to embrace the wider Qi2 ecosystem, providing users with the benefit of 15W fast charging via a broader array of chargers.
This development could mark a significant step forward in wireless charging capabilities for iPhone users. By removing the need for certified wireless chargers, Apple might be granting its consumers greater flexibility and choice when it comes to fast charging their devices.
In related developments, the iPhone 15 lineup is expected to feature USB-C connectivity. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities, suggests that Apple might limit USB-C fast charging to MFi-certified cables and power adapters, optimizing fast charging for certified cables across the iPhone 15 series.
Concurrently, the European Union is reportedly threatening to block iPhone sales to enforce non-restrictive USB-C charging and data transfer rates for the upcoming iPhone 15 models.