Starting with the iPhone 12 model line, Apple offers users its own induction charging option — MagSafe. For the user, it has an additional bonus, because the smartphone is fixed to the charging station with magnets, which eliminates the problem of incorrect positioning of devices, which in some cases leads to the fact that the smartphone simply does not charge at the station. But MagSafe still works on the general Qi standard.

Now the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) is working with Apple on a new Qi2 inductive charging standard, which is based on MagSafe. Thus, a similar scheme of charging and fixing the smartphone and the charging station can become a general standard, and not just an additional function of the iPhone.

Apple to share MagSafe technology: WPC and Apple are working together on Qi2

The new standard should ensure increased efficiency and compatibility of technologies, therefore, it is based on the Magnetic Power Profile. In addition, new devices with this standard should be compatible with ready-made versions of MagSafe accessories.

“Consumers and retailers have been telling us they’re confused concerning what devices are Qi Certified and those that claim to work with Qi but are not Qi Certified. This confusion can lead to a poor user experience and even safety issues. Our standard assures consumers that their devices are safe, efficient, and interoperable with other brands. Qi2 will be the global standard for wireless charging and provide consumers and retailers with that assurance,” says Wireless Power Consortium Executive Director Paul Struhsaker.

Currently, MagSafe is an iPhone-only standard, and third-party accessory makers have to pay the company to use it. But the fact that Apple is collaborating on the development of Qi2 should still simplify the terms of use and provide support for similar work to other gadgets.

The first devices with support for the new standard are expected by the end of 2023.