As everyone knows, the iPhone 8 is expected to come with wireless charging. This feature could definitely set a turning point in smartphone history, to the point in which almost every future mobile device will have to be equipped with it in order to make a decent hit in the market. Although most people think that wireless charging is something quite new, this is actually something that has been around for a long time. Getting to this point, here are the most important things you need to know about this feature.
Just A Few Mobile Devices Can Get A Wireless Charging Adapter
Although there are some mobile devices that already support wireless charging, the truth is that not many smartphones have the proper technology built-in in order to be equipped with this outstanding feature.
Unfortunately, most of the mobile devices actually require an adapter or case so they can be attached in order to support the Qi charging. Qi represents a standard that has been built by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive charging over a distance of up to 40mm.
In fact, the only mobile devices that actually support wireless charging adapter are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, Sony Xperia Z3, Z2 and Z, and the Samsung Galaxy S5, which has an internal adapter that is actually fitted inside the handset, just behind the battery cover.
Which Smartphones Support The Wireless Charging
Although everyone had a huge surprise when it was rumored that the upcoming iPhone 8 will have wireless charging, there are already some mobile devices that support this particular feature. Of course, these handsets only have the proper technology built into their chassis, instead of having the wireless charging already equipped.
In fact, while the majority of mobile devices only supports the already mentioned Qi wireless charging, there are others as the BlackBerry Priv or the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that actually support not only Qi but also the PMA standards, which makes it more than available to support the wireless charging.
Other mobile devices that also have built-in support for the Qi wireless charging includes the Google Nexus 4, 5, 6 and 7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Actually, what seems as a surprise is that the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL also have the built-in support for the Qi wireless charging, even when these are not exactly popular handsets.
Apple´s History With Wireless Charging Is Older Than You Might Think
Considering that there has been so much news regarding the iPhone 8´s wireless charging, everyone could think that this the beginning of a relationship between the Cupertino company and this particular technology, but believe it or not, this is something that actually started some years ago, and another Apple product already showed to the tech world.
This particular product was the Apple Watch, which already supported wireless inductive charging, which is not exactly Qi standard. In fact, charging this product requires a MagSafe charging cable, which has to be attached itself to the rear side of the Apple Watch´s face so it could roll without problem.
On the other hand, there are some other iPhone models which can be charged with a Qi charging adapter. These models include the iPhone 5s, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, and even the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.