The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) has announced Qi2, a new wireless charging standard for smartphones and wearables built on Apple’s MagSafe charging technology.
The consortium seeks to reduce e-waste, reduce power loss in wireless charging, and address consumer confusion about what a certified wireless charging accessory is.
Apple’s MagSafe technology is the foundation for the new Qi2 standard. Apple is a member of WPC. According to WPC, alongside other members, the tech giant has developed the new Magnetic Power Profile, which is the “core” of Qi2, Qi’s second-generation standard.
The new magnetic profile aims to improve energy efficiency and enable faster charging, providing ‘one global standard’ for mobile devices and wearables.
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Qi2 in particular comes as Apple prepares to ship new iPhones to the European Union (EU) in compliance with USB-C port requirements. Apple officials say the company will be reluctant to comply with an EU directive passed in October that also aims to tackle wireless charging.
The European Commission introduced USB-C requirements to reduce e-waste. From October 2024, all smartphones and other small devices sold in the EU will require a common USB-C charger.
Apple hasn’t said which iPhone models will come with USB-C charging ports, or whether it’s changing the phone’s design globally or for Europe, but it’s usually the case with new iPhones. will be released in September. Apple officials say they agree with the EU’s environmental goals, but not strict regulations. Apple could release an iPhone without a charging port.
Apple introduced MagSafe for iPhone technology with the iPhone 12 in 2020. Since the new MagSafe charger doesn’t rely on a proprietary cable, there are a number of official and third-party accessories that support MagSafe for iPhones, and Apple has also added a third-generation charging case to his AirPods and AirPods Pro. Deployed his MagSafe.
According to WPC, Qi2-certified phones and chargers should be available in about a year from now.
The new wireless standard also addresses confusion about Qi-certified chargers.
“Consumers and retailers say they are confused about which devices are Qi certified and which devices claim to work with Qi but are not Qi certified. It can lead to a decrease in your health and safety issues,” said Paul Struhsaker. , executive director of the WPC in a statement.
“Our standards assure consumers that their devices are safe, efficient and interoperable with other brands. Qi2 has become the global standard for wireless charging, giving consumers and retailers that assurance. will provide.”
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WPC claims the new standard will enable wireless charging of new accessories that cannot be charged using existing flat-to-flat devices. It also claims to make some devices charge faster and reduce e-waste.
“Qi2’s perfect alignment improves energy efficiency by reducing the energy loss that can occur when a phone or charger is misaligned. Equally important, Qi2 , greatly reduces landfill waste associated with replacing wired chargers due to broken plugs and stress placed on the charger.It takes the cords out of everyday plugging and unplugging,” said Struhsaker.