Apple’s MagSafe technology helps create a solid ground with the next-generation Qi2 standard for wireless power consortium

The Wireless Power Consortium introduced its next-generation Qi2 standard, which will succeed Qi. What’s most interesting about this announcement is that this technology will integrate elements of Apple’s MagSafe. In short, you can expect Android smartphones and tablets to also adopt magnets that allow them to snap onto Qi2 chargers seamlessly.

Qi2 offers advantages over Qi, such as improved energy efficiency and fast charging

The announcement states that Qi2 will adopt a magnetic power profile, which means that any and all devices that support this technology will use the same MagSafe parts that are currently available in existing MagSafe products for the iPhone 12 and later. With this magnetic energy profile, the Wireless Power Consortium claims that any device that uses Qi2 will be fully compatible with chargers to improve charging speed and efficiency. Paul Strohsaker, Executive Director of the Wireless Power Association, explains the following in regards to the new standard.

Consumers and retailers told us they are confused about Qi-certified devices and those that claim to work with Qi but are not Qi-certified. This confusion can lead to poor user experience and even safety issues. Our standard ensures consumers that their devices are safe, effective, and interoperable with Qi. Other brands. Qi2 will be the global standard for wireless charging and will provide consumers and retailers with this assurance.”

The Qi2 standard will also create a gateway and open the market for new accessories that are not loaded with existing surface-to-flat devices. The Wireless Power Association states that Qi2-compatible smartphones and chargers will be available in the 2023 holiday season. This news also indicates that Apple may be one step away from implementing a “portless” iPhone in the near future.

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It may also be possible for Apple to earn some kind of royalties by licensing its MagSafe technology to other platforms. Considering that the tech giant has partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium, it’s a nice deal Apple could get for other companies to adopt the same technology iPhones currently use.

News source: Business Wire

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