Wireless charging is a convenient piece of coll technology that lets you charge your phone without plugging a cable into it. It works by electromagnetic induction to power your phone in close contact with a charging pad, mat, or stand. It isn’t quite wireless in the sense that no cable is involved at all; it is just that the cable isn’t plugged directly to your phone.
Like other manufacturers, Apple has adopted wireless charging in some of their products, starting from the iPhone, 8, iPhone Plus, and iPhone X. The company uses the popular Qi standard, though modified to work with their own products only, in some cases. Here, we have a look at which Apple products and iPhones have wireless charging support.
These iPhones Have Wireless Charging
Every Apple iPhone announced since the iPhone 8 series in 2018 has had wireless charging built into it.
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone Xs
- iPhone Xs Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
Upcoming models like the iPhone 13 series and those to follow are likely to feature this technology as well. It is safe to say that you do not have to worry about whether any future iPhone model will have wireless charging or not.
Which Other Apple Devices Have Wireless Charging?
iPhones are not the only gadgets that Apple makes. Other products include iPads, watches, pencils, and AirPods. Which of these support wireless charging, and which do not?
Which Apple Watches Support Wireless Charging?
Right from the 1st generation Apple Watch, all Apple Watches have supported the Qi wireless charging standard. Here is the complete list till date:
- Apple Watch Series 1
- Apple Watch Series 2
- Apple Watch Series 3
- Apple Watch Series 4
- Apple Watch Series 5
Future Apple Watches will likely support the standard as well.
Which Apple AirPods Support Wireless Charging?
Apple’s AirPods support wireless charging as well. This requires the use of a wireless charging case, though, so if the case you have is not that, you have to buy one. The list of AirPods that can be charged wirelessly includes:
- Apple AirPod 1
- Apple AirPod 2
- Apple AirPod Pro
Can You Charge iPads Wirelessly?
None of the iPad line-up, all the way till 2021, supports wireless charging. None. Will there ever be an iPad with wireless charging? Apple has not made any definitive statement on this, but rumours are that the first iPad to support wireless charging will be launched in 2022.
These Apple Products Can Not Be Charged Wirelessly
All iPhones from the iPhone 7 and older do not support wireless charging. We have already seen the list of which iPhones have wireless charging earlier in the article. As already mentioned, no current iPad has it either.
How To Charge Your iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch Wirelessly
To charge any of your Apple products wirelessly, plug your Qi-compatible charging mat or stand to a power source, and place your Apple device on it. It will start to charge. It is as simple as that.
Which Are the Best Wireless Chargers for Your iPhone or Apple Device?
There are a handful of wireless chargers available for Apple products. These include products from MagSafe, Belkin, Morphie, Native Union, Otterbox, Anker, and others. Some of these are available from Apple, and you can buy them from independent accessories stores in the United States and elsewhere around the world.
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