Mophie and Belkin Already Offering Wireless Charging for new iPhones


But one feature got little to no mention at Apple's keynote and was mostly glossed over in media coverage: all three of Apple's new devices support fast charging. But there's a catch: the feature relies on USB Power Delivery, a specification of the newer USB-C port standard.

It's called the Boost↑Up Wireless Charging Pad (weird use of a symbol, we know), and it provides an effortless charging experience for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.

According to MacRumors, to activate this feature and allow the iPhone X and iPhone 8 to recharge at a super-fast rate, users would need to plug the devices into Apple's 29W, 61W or 87W USB-C Power Adapters. Apple says they can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes using one of their more powerful USB-C chargers.

However, there is a sizeable caveat to taking advantage of fast charging: Your phone needs to be connected via USB-C.

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Still, assuming you're willing to make the investment, fast charging is a great addition to a phone. The cost of the cheapest adapter (29W) is $49 (£49 / AU$69) from Apple.

This is not the first time that Apple is requiring this assembly for its products. The handsets come with Lightning to USB-A cable bundled, which don't support the fast charging tech.

Advertised as "optimized" for the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus, the two actually work with tons of Android devices also, delivering 7.5W of power cable-free.

If you want to fast charge your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, it'll be an extra $25 to $75, depending on whether or not you already have a USB-C MacBook power adapter.