Apple’s new iPhones ship with wireless charging, but it’s limited in software to a slower charging speed. Thankfully, support for a faster 7.5W wireless charging is on the way.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop has noted in his review of the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that a software update slated for release later this year will bring fifty percent faster wireless charging to both the iPhone 8 series and the upcoming iPhone X.

Having tested his review unit with a Mophie Wireless Charging Base, Dalrymple said:

I usually charge my iPhone using a fast charging adapter, so it’s very quick. If I have 45 minutes before I’m heading out, I can plug in my phone and get a great charge before I leave.

That’s not what wireless charging does on an iPhone 8—it provides a slower charge, equal to that of the 5W USB Power Adapter that Apple provides with the iPhone. That will increase slightly later this year with a software update from Apple, but for now, that’s what you get.

9to5Mac’s Jordan Kahn has corroborated that a software update will enable 7.5 watts charging, which is good news given many charging mats already support faster wireless charging at 7.5W. He says he was able to charge his iPhone 8 from completely dead using Mophie’s wireless charger in about three hours (iPhone 8 Plus took about 3.5 hours).

New iPhones also support a fast charge feature via the USB-C Power Delivery specification.

Sadly, you’ll need to purchase a USB-C Power Delivery-compatible wall brick and a Lightning to USB-C cable to enjoy faster charging over the wire because the new handsets ship with the same old USB-A cable and Apple’s 5W power brick like prior iPhones.

  • jacjustjac

    Ugh… I had hoped Apple had figured out a way to solve the problem with 15W wireless charging… the need for a fan to cool the phone *ahem* Samsung.

    But I’m also okay with this, because I’m more likely to set my phone down often than plug it in. Guess I’ll just have to buy lots of cheap Qi chargers to place around my house and work!

    • Darkingz

      Or just go to Starbucks more often

    • 9to5Slavery

      Wouldn’t it need to be “compatible”? Otherwise the message will pop up? Lol

    • Galaxy Life

      We have 3 S8’s in my house. Before that S7 edge and before that S6 edge.

      Only the S6 got warm sometimes there’s ZERO of that in the S8.

  • 9to5Slavery

    1. So is this wireless charging faster than USB C bundle kit? I have the iPad Pro USB kit charging too.

    2. But the cord is expensive as hell and no braided support since long time ago I checked.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    iPhone 8 sucks

  • Poppa Woody

    Hold up your hands if you think the iPhone X will be dependant on Qi and a charging pad. Now hold up your hands if you think iPhone X will be totally wireless and require no charging pad and only proximity to a true over-the-air charging device. I see, so most of you don’t by the Energous hype (WATT) and the abundant signals that Apple will use them for an option to charging and you have not done any investment research. So sad. WATT has a tier 1 partner among a lot of other licensing deals and engineering contracts in the works. Dialog, a supplier of many Apple electronics invested 5 million and then another 10 in WATT in the last 6 months, and the head of Apple’s organization to move things through FCC approval LEFT Apple to join WATT. Anybody want to bet he’s got a job to go back to and a fisful of options?

    Stop worrying about, and buying charging pads unless you plan on keeping those iPhone 8’s for quite some time. Tesla just did another roll in his grave – or is he powdered up in an urn somewhere?

  • Poppa Woody

    Why Apple isn’t worried, a company that will change everyone on the planet’s ability to charge their next gen phone with old cables and accessories, or remove the earphone jack. That’s right they never do anything disruptive…

    Hold up your hands if you think the iPhone X will be dependant on Qi and a charging pad. Now hold up your hands if you think iPhone X will be totally wireless and require no charging pad and only proximity to a true over-the-air charging device. I see, so most of you don’t by the Energous hype (WATT) and the abundant signals that Apple will use them for an option to charging and you have not done any investment research. So sad. WATT has a tier 1 partner among a lot of other licensing deals and engineering contracts in the works. Dialog, a supplier of many Apple electronics invested 5 million and then another 10 in WATT in the last 6 months, and the head of Apple’s organization to move things through FCC approval LEFT Apple to join WATT. Anybody want to bet he’s got a job to go back to and a fisful of options?

    Tesla just did another roll in his grave – or is he powdered up in an urn somewhere?