iPhone would be compatible with 15W wireless charging even with non-MagSafe chargers

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Good news for future iPhone 15 users: 15W wireless charging will no longer be exclusive to MagSafe chargers and third-party models with MFM certification. This is in any case what reveals a leak published on the Chinese social network Weibo. A news that aligns with the arrival of USB-C on Apple smartphones.

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Since the arrival of wireless charging on the iPhone 12, Apple has imposed a significant limitation in this area. To take advantage of the fastest charge, namely 15W, it is imperative to go through its proprietary MagSafe charger or, failing that, through a third-party model that has obtained Made for MagSafe (MFM) certification. Conversely, the other chargers are limited to a power divided by half, or 7.5 W.

But that could well change with the iPhone 15. According to a leak posted on Weibo, Apple could finally lift this restriction on its next line of smartphones. Chargers that do not have MFM certification but are technically capable of delivering 15W of power could therefore quickly charge phones.

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No need to use an Apple-certified charger for fast wireless charging on iPhone 15 anymore

While this rumor has yet to be confirmed, the news isn’t as big of a surprise as it sounds. Indeed, it is difficult not to think of the arrival of USB-C on the next range, imposed by the European Union and which risks upsetting the way in which users will be able to recharge their iPhone. That being said, it should be noted that on this point, Apple intends to continue to favor its own solutions.

The real clue to the end of this restriction lies elsewhere, more precisely in the firm’s investment in the new version of the Qi standard, MagSafe’s universal rival. Last January, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced the arrival of the Qi2 standard, which will also work on all devices and for which Apple seems to have some interest. The opening of its fast charge could explain this contribution.