A new wireless charging standard, called Qi2, is on its way to consumers just in time for the holiday season. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has announced that the first batch of Qi2 chargers are completing their certification testing and will be available for purchase soon.
Qi2 comes in two profiles – the Magnetic Power Profile (MPP) and an enhanced version of the Extended Power Profile (EPP). The MPP, based on Apple’s MagSafe technology, offers up to 15W charging speeds and magnetic attachment, while the EPP, which supports Qi2 devices, offers double the charging speed at 30W.
Fady Mishriki, chair of WPC’s Board of Directors, expressed excitement about members embracing the new standard and building ecosystems of accessories for Qi2 devices. He believes that Qi2 will quickly become the global standard for wireless charging.
One of the key features of Qi2 chargers is their ability to magnetically attach to both iOS and Android devices, as well as wireless accessories like earbuds cases and smartwatches. The WPC press release confirmed that the upcoming iPhone 15 series will be among the first devices to benefit from the new standard. Accessory makers like Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge are already testing their Qi2 products, which are expected to launch soon.
The new standard aims to make wireless charging more efficient and accessible, offering a seamless experience for users of different devices. With the holiday season approaching, consumers can look forward to the availability of Qi2 chargers and a growing ecosystem of compatible accessories.