iOS 17.4’s New Charging Feature: A Must-Upgrade

Charging Innovations for iPhone Users

For iPhone users, charging has always been a pain point. Issues such as slow charging speeds and incompatible charging accessories have been persistent.

Those who prefer wireless charging face limitations when using third-party accessories, only supporting wireless charging at a maximum of 7.5W. Fortunately, Apple has been gradually lifting this restriction over time.

At the end of last year, with the official release of iOS 17.2, Apple added support for the Qi2 charging protocol for iPhone 13/14 models. This means that like the iPhone 15 series, iPhone 13 and 14 models can now charge wirelessly at a maximum power of 15W when using Qi2 standard wireless chargers.

iOS 17.4's new charging feature

Image Source: Apple Official Website

Recent reports suggest that Apple is quietly advancing the widespread adoption of Qi2. According to Macworld, users of iPhone 12 models have reported that after upgrading to the official version of iOS 17.4, their devices now support the Qi2 charging protocol. This means that iPhone 12 models running iOS 17.4 can also use Qi2 wireless chargers, charging wirelessly at up to 15W.

In tests conducted by the website, charging an iPhone 12 Pro Max with a MagSafe charger reached 50% in 70 minutes. When using a Qi2 charger, the charging speed was even slightly faster, with the same model reaching 50% in just 64 minutes.

Though this wireless charging rate is still relatively slower compared to Android counterparts, it provides iPhone users with more options.

iOS 17.4's new charging feature

Image Source: Macworld

Compared to Apple’s official MagSafe charger, third-party Qi2 wireless chargers are usually more cost-effective. By upgrading to iOS 17.4, iPhone 12 series users can experience faster charging speeds when using Qi wireless chargers.

Apart from Apple’s software updates, the recent focus has also been on the upcoming iPad models. There are rumors circulating that Apple may launch new iPad Pro and iPad Air models along with multiple accessory products between March and April.

According to Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, the release of the new iPad models might face a delay. Gurman mentioned that Apple originally planned to unveil the new iPads between March and April but due to certain reasons, the launch may be pushed to early May.

Gurman indicated that the delay could be attributed to both software and hardware factors. The new iPad products may require Apple’s customized new system and the testing of related features could still be ongoing. Moreover, the highly expected iPad Pro is likely to feature an OLED screen, which might need further refinement in the production process.

Considering the Apple Vision Pro for the Chinese market is set to be available before the WWDC in June, we might witness these new products making a grand debut in May.

In conclusion, good things are worth the wait. Let’s stay tuned together.

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